Is Texas State finally back to its old ways? It’s certainly possible to draw that conclusion after the Bobcats’ last three games, all of which were wins.
Texas State put a stamp on its current three-game winning streak Tuesday night when it blanked UTSA, 6-0, in a rare non-conference game against a conference opponent. Even though the Roadrunners came in as the Western Athletic Conference’s top team, the Bobcats used solid pitching and timely hitting to knock them off.
Over the last three games, Texas State scored 30 combined runs and drilled eight extra-base hits. It was a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double by sophomore first baseman Ben McElroy that broke the Bobcats’ game with UTSA wide open, giving the hosts a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning.
“To be able to come in and make that kind of impact, after sitting on the bench a while and having to watch, feels good,” said McElroy, who missed the first eight games of the season with a quadriceps injury.
Another player looking to continue a rehab of sorts was that of junior closer Hunter Lemke. While Lemke wasn’t injured, his first few appearances of the season didn’t prove he belonged in that role. Lemke allowed three runs in 3.2 innings pitched and walked three batters.
Well, Lemke turned it around in two of his last three appearances. Lemke tossed a scoreless inning last Friday against Northern Kentucky and four days later, sat the Roadrunners down in order.
“I’m just filling the strike zone up more and letting them get themselves out,” Lemke said. “I’m playing with my defense behind me with no worries.”
Momentum is key for Texas State as it heads to Corvallis, Ore. for a three-game weekend set with No. 4 Oregon State.