May 30, 2009

Courtesy of Texas State Athletics

Austin, Texas - A late-inning rally wrote the ending for the Texas State baseball team's 2009 season with a 7-4 loss to Army Saturday afternoon in the elimination game of the NCAA Championship Tournament at UFCU-Disch Falk Field. The Bobcats conclude the season with a 41-17, while the Black Knights improve to 35-20.

"You have to get in this situation to experience it and you have to experience it to execute," said head coach Ty Harrington. The Bobcats made their fourth appearance in the Championship Tournament and its first since the 2000 season this year.

In a fighting attempt to stay alive in the tournament, Texas State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. On two outs, Paul Goldschmidt doubled to right center and Keith Prestridge notched an RBI single through the right side in the next at-bat for the score.

Two innings later, Goldschmidt drew a walk to lead off the third and Spenser Dennis gave Texas State a 2-0 lead with a base hit to shallow right field.

Army connected in the bottom of the third to plate their first runner on a solo home run from Joey Henshaw. In an attempt to turn a double play in the bottom of the fourth, an error at first base allowed Kyle Fleming to score and the Black Knights tied the game.

A scoreless fifth went by, but Texas State took the lead again in the top of the sixth when Jason Martinson launched a long triple off the right center wall and scored on an overthrown pick-off attempt. In the seventh, the Bobcats stretched the margin to 4-2, rattling off a pair of hits to score what would be the team's final run.

Meanwhile, Army came alive for five runs off a three hits capitalized on a pair of errors to steal the edge. A pair of base hits were separated by a throwing error from the field to send across the first two runs and tie the game. David Darnell singled through the right side to follow up the rally and back-to-back walks that followed gave Army a 5-4 game. Andy Ernesto notched a sacrifice fly for the next run and base hit to centerfield from Henshaw closed out the scoring inning.

Texas State managed just seven hits in the game with Goldschmidt and Dennis leading the pack with two apiece.

"Our offense has been key for us this season," said Harrington. "We normally separate ourselves with our offense, but we did not do that today."

Army managed seven hits as well, led by a 2-for-4 outing from Henshaw.

Brian Borski pitched 6 1/3 innings for Texas State, allowing just two runs, one of which was earned off four hits to close out the season. Senior Lance Loftin was tagged with the loss and shifts to 3-1 in his final season.

Tyler Anderegg earned the win for the Black Knights and Kevin McKague picked up his sixth save with the effort from the mound.