Texas State Baseball Walks Away With 8-3 Victory Over UTSA
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San Marcos, Texas – Texas State recovered from a rough first inning to walk away with an 8-3 victory over UTSA on Friday night at Bobcat Ballpark in front of 1,221 in attendance. After falling behind early, Texas State bounced back with a five-run fourth inning to take the lead for good and win for the ninth straight time over its I-35 rival dating back to 2009.
Following the completion of the game, it was announced that Saturday's game between Texas State and UTSA will be held at Bobcat Ballpark at 5 p.m. due to field conditions at Roadrunner Field in San Antonio.
Junior Travis Ballew tied his career high for strikeouts with 12 – all swinging – on Friday night, marking the third time this season that the righty has tossed 12 punch outs. He limited the Roadrunners to just six hits and one walk over seven inning while he improved to 10-3 overall. Ballew moved into a tie for fourth in the Texas State record books for single-season wins with 10 and sixth place in single-season strikeouts totals with 107 so far this season.
“I thought the key to the game was Travis Ballew,” said head coach Ty Harrington. “He stayed patient and competitive. It shows how much he has grown. I was proud of him.”
Former Bobcat William Brunson holds the single-season wins record at 12, while Carson Smith's 129 strikeouts a season ago were a single-season high.
Offensively, Texas State scored eight runs on eight hits while also taking eight walks as a team for the game.
Texas State improved to 28-19 overall and 16-12 in the Southland Conference with the win, while UTSA dropped to 20-29 overall and 9-18 in the league.
Texas State and UTSA will play at 5 p.m. at Bobcat Ballpark on Saturday. Junior LHP Colton Turner (5-2, 2.00 ERA) will make the start for the Bobcats