`Cats Hold Off `Jacks In Series Opener
March 27, 2009
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Texas State took advantage of six SFA walks in the first three innings, scoring seven runs in the first three frames to take a 7-4 win in the series opener on Friday at Bobcat Baseball Stadium.
The `Jacks (7-15, 2-7 SLC) have now lost three straight games despite the bullpen throwing 5.2 innings of shutout baseball to give the offense a chance to come back.
Texas State (15-8, 7-3 SLC) has won five straight overall and snapped a three-game losing streak to SFA.
SFA did not allow the `Cats an extra-base hit, but issued 10 walks as a staff and surrendered nine singles. Erik Gregersen struggled, taking his third loss of the year after going only 2.1 innings with three strikeouts and five walks. He allowed all seven runs.
Kane Holbrooks went to 5-0 on the year, going 8.0 innings with two strikeouts and only one walk while Michael Russo earned his second save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
For the `Jacks, Tanner Hines was the only player with multiple hits, singling twice with two stolen bases. Zack Taylor put together his longest outing of the year, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Sean Meyers gave the `Jacks an early 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout that scored Zach Gardner, but Texas State answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of Gregersen walking the first three batters of the frame.
The `Cats then chased Gregersen from the hill in the third, pushing four runs across for a 7-1 lead. Texas State took advantage of singles from Spenser Dennis, Adam Witek and Jason Martinson and a walk to Kyle Kubitza. Each of them scored, but Travis Harrelson came in to minimize the damage by getting Paul Goldschmidt and Kyle Prestridge to fly out.
SFA got another run on a botched double play in the fourth when Brian Ferguson crossed the plate, and cut the lead to just three when Jeffrey Kello launched his first home run over the year over the left-field fence in the fourth.
But Holbrooks only allowed one hit in his final three innings before Russo came in and slammed the door in the ninth.
The `Jacks and `Cats play the second game of the series starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The game can be heard on 860 AM with Ben Rikard on the call. Erich Lehmann is scheduled to get the ball for SFA, while Zach Tritz is the schedule starter for Texas State.