Pitts' pitching, sac flies bring win
Bobcats score all three runs on sacrifice flies
AUSTIN, Texas — Mitchell Pitts was solid for seven-plus innings and Texas State scored three runs on sacrifice flies to beat Princeton 3-1 in an elimination game in the Austin Regional on Saturday.
Pitts (6-3) allowed one run and six hits in 7.1 innings in the win for Texas State (41-22), while Joseph Dvorsky got five outs for his seventh save.
“In big moments, (Pitts) has always stepped up and performed at a really high level,” Texas State coach Ty Harrington said. “A lot of it has to do with his abilities, the majority has to do with his guts, courage, and I thought that he did a great job.”
Mike Ford (5-4) gave up three runs and nine hits in 7.1 innings for Princeton (23-24). Ford, a freshman, also had two hits.
“For a freshman to do what he has this entire year is a throwback of the old days of having `baseball players,”’ Princeton coach Scott Bradley said. “He pitches, he hits, he plays defense. The number of successful, two-way players in the NCAA these days are harder to come by all the time.”
The Bobcats scored a run in the fourth on Andrew Stumph’s sacrifice fly, and added two more in the eighth on sacrifice flyouts by Bret Atwood and Kyle Kubitza.
In the top of the fourth, Casey Kalenkosky led off with a double into left centerfield and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Stumph came up to bat with one out and flied out to right center, scoring Kalenkosky.
In the top of the eighth, Christian Gallegos singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by the Tigers’ second baseman in the same play. Tyler Sibley followed with a bunt that moved Gallegos to third and then Atwood scored Gallegos on a sacrifice fly. With one out and runners on the corners, Ford was replaced by A.J. Goetz. Following the pitching change, Texas State took a 3-0 lead when Sibley scored on Kubitza’s sacrifice fly.
Princeton loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth. John Mishu scored on a sacrifice fly by Steve Harrington. But Dvorsky came in and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to end the threat and keep the Bobcats’ lead intact.