Remember when Texas State had a fearsome offense? A few years ago, the Bobcats churned out hits and runs at a torrid pace.
That was then. This is now.
Texas State has struggled mightily so far this season to push runs across the plate. It looked as if the Bobcats broke through with six runs on 10 hits in a series-opening win Friday night over Houston. Then in the second game of the three-game set, Texas State mustered only one hit against the Cougars and fell 1-0. Houston pitcher Austin Pruitt absolutely dominated the Bobcats as he struck out 10 and rarely allowed them to make solid contact.
“Yesterday, we were a different offensive team and that has a lot to do with him (Pruitt),” Texas State head coach Ty Harrington said. “We just have to continue to grow.
“As good as his stuff was, we have to do a better job of creating some offense. We know that we’re not going to sit in there and swing away: we don’t have that kind of offense now. We have to be able to execute.”
One constant for the Bobcats, however, has been the performances of junior pitcher Kyle Finnegan and sophomore pitcher Taylor Black. Finnegan, who pitched Friday night, struck out nine in five innings to increase his season total to 20 punch-outs. Black — who nearly threw as well as Pruitt — struck out six and induced 12 ground outs, but allowed one hit (an RBI double to Cougar third baseman Jonathan Davis) and took his first loss of the season.
Texas State wraps up its three-game series with Houston tomorrow at noon.