SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State took an early lead and had to hold on late as the Bobcats defeated No. 16 Oregon 7-6 for their second consecutive against the Ducks.
The longball helped Texas State jump in front early as both senior Casey Kalenkosky and freshman Brooks Orton hit two-run homers to give the Bobcats a 4-2 lead after two innings. Kalenkosky’s blast was his second in as many games — the sixth time in his Texas State career that he has homered in consecutive games. Orton’s home run was the first of his Texas State career.
Kalenkosky brought home his third RBI of the game in the third inning with a sacrifice fly that plated Nick Smelser for a 5-2 Bobcats lead.
Oregon came back within two runs in the fourth inning when the Ducks scored one for a 5-3 score, but the Bobcats extended their advantage back to 6-3 in the fifth inning when Andrew Stumph’s RBI ground out put the home team back in front by three.
The Ducks pushed across two runs in the seventh inning, but Stumph delivered again in the bottom half of the frame to make the score 7-5. With two outs and Tyler Sibley on second base, Oregon intentionally walked Jeff McVaney to get to Stumph, who singled to center field for his second RBI of the game that proved to be the game-winner.
Oregon came within a run of tying the game in the eighth inning when the Ducks scored one for a 7-6 score, but reliever Dylan Adamek was able to keep the Texas State lead intact before handing the pitching duties off to McVaney, who closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.
Texas State freshman Austen Williams (1-0) made his first career start and struck out four batters in 6.1 innings en route to his first collegiate victory. Williams exited the game with a 6-3 lead in the seventh inning and finished with five earned runs allowed for the game.
“Austen located his pitches well today,” head coach Ty Harrington said. “The game seemed to come slower to him, and he did a good job today.”
Jordan Spencer took the loss for Oregon, dropping to 0-1 this season after making his second start. He allowed five runs over four innings on the afternoon.
Smelser raised his season batting average to .312 with a 2-for-2 day at the plate and three runs scored. Kalenkosky finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs, while McVaney reached base three times as part of a 1-for-2 day with two stolen bases.
“We needed to win today,” Harrington said. “It’s very important to have this momentum going into the weekend.”