Texas State upsets No. 4 Rice
Scoreless streak snapped, but Bobcats win in dramatic fashion
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Tyler Sibley hit a 1-2 pitch back through the middle for a two-RBI single that gave Texas State a 3-2 victory against No. 4 Rice on Tuesday. Morgan Mickan slid into home just in front of the throw from Rice’s Michael Fuda for the winning run to give the Bobcats their seventh consecutive victory.
With one out in the ninth inning and the Bobcats trailing 2-1, pinch-hitter Kevin Sah walked to put the tying run on board. Mickan came up next and executed a hit-and-run, as he lined a single to center that allowed Sah to get to third base with one out. Mickan then stole second base to eliminate the double play and set up Sibley for the game-winning hit.
“I can’t think of many other better endings,” Sibley said. “The crowd, the atmosphere, the excitement, the streak -- it was kind of a perfect storm [Tuesday night], and that was something we’re so fortunate to be a part of.”
|BOBCATS FALL SHORT OF RECORD|
|Feb. 26||Texas State 6, Houston 0|
|Feb. 28||Texas State 1, TCU 0|
|March 2||Texas State 6, Notre Dame 0|
|March 3||Texas State 6, Notre Dame 0|
|March 4||Texas State 5, Notre Dame 0|
|March 6||Texas State 3, Rice 2|
In the victory, the Bobcats saw their scoreless innings pitched streak end at 57.2 innings after Rice tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the eighth inning. The streak came up just 6.1 innings shy of the NCAA record of 64 innings set by Arizona State in 1972.
Dylan Adamek came in to relieve Mitchell Pitts and gave up a wind-aided double over the head of Brooks Orton. The runner moved to third on a fly out that caused the Bobcats to bring the infield in with a 1-0 lead. Rice’s J.T. Chargois then hit a single past a diving Sibley to bring home the first run against Texas State in a week and a half.
Rice then took the lead in the top of the ninth inning after a leadoff walk came around to score and give the Owls a 2-1 lead.
Pitts dazzled in his second consecutive start for Texas State, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out three batters. He retired nine batters in a row the middle innings and left with a 1-0 lead but settled for the no-decision.
“I thought Mitchell Pitts pitched exceptionally well [Tuesday night],” Texas State head coach Ty Harrington said.
Adamek (1-1) picked up his first win of the season after throwing two innings of relief.
Sibley finished the game 2-for-5, knocked in all three runs for Texas State and has reached base in every game this season.
Mickan went 2-for-4 with the game-winning run scored, while Garrett Mattlage was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Cody Perkins finished 1-for-2.