EDINBURG – A ninth inning rally by Sam Houston State fell one run short as Texas State-San Marcos handed the Bearkat baseball team its second loss at the season 5-4 Sunday afternoon at the Texas-Pan American Invitational.
Down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Weber doubled and then scored on a single down the right field line by Todd Sebek. With runners at first and third and two outs, Bobcat reliever Walt Walters struck out Bobby Verbick to end the game.
Texas State-San Marcos (3-0) scored their five runs on 11 hits. Sam Houston State totaled eight hits.
Transfer Will Skelton took the loss in his first start as a Bearkat, giving up eight hits and four runs in four innings while striking out three Bobcats. Freshman Cody Springer threw the final five innings, striking out six batters and giving up three hits.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a first inning home run by Gerald Goldschmidt.
Sam Houston scored two runs in the third inning. Seth Hammock and Ryan Trevino hit back-to-back singles, then Hammock scored on a double by Keith Stein and Trevino tallied after a sacrifice fly by Sebek.
Texas State-San Marcos added two runs the top of the fourth to go up 4-2. Hammock’s sacrifice fly scored Heath Pugh who had singled and been doubled to third base by Weber. The Bobcats scored what proved to be the winning run on an RBI single in the seventh inning.
After the Texas Pan American tournament, Sam Houston State will play a three game series at Louisiana-Monroe this Friday and Saturday. The Bearkats' home opener is Tuesday, March 4, vs. Rice.