SAN MARCOS, TX – McNeese State's offense couldn't answer the challenge of Texas State's pitching and as a result the Cowboys dropped a 9-1 decision to the Bobcats here Friday in the first game of their three game Southland Conference baseball series.
The Cowboys only had one hit in the game against the SLC's top ranked pitching staff, that a single by Michael Sullivan to lead off the fifth inning.
The loss puts the Cowboys record at 10-13 overall and 6-4 in league play and leaves Texas State at 17-9 overall and 5-5 in conference.
The two teams will play their second game beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday (action on Cajun Radio 1470-AM) and expected to be on the mound for the Cowboys is righthander Blake Ware who will carry a 4-1 record and 1.26 ERA into the game.
The Cowboys scored their only run in Friday's game in the eighth inning and it was an unearned run. Connor Lloyd plated Tyler Klouser from third on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Klouser had started the inning by reaching first on a Texas State error. He moved to second when Matt Henry walked and he took third on a fielder's choice, scoring on Lloyd's fly ball.
Texas State broke the game open with three runs in the second and two in the third off Cowboy starter and loser Trey Brown. The Bobcats went on to score four more runs in the seventh.
Brown, now 1-4, hurled six innings, giving up nine hits, six runs (five earned) with two walks and a strikeout. Jacob Williams started the seventh but couldn't get an out, giving up three earned runs and tgwo walks. Tyler Parker came on and gave two hits and two walks the rest of the way.
Jeff McVaney was the lead Bobcat hitter with a three for five effort that included a double and the game's only home run which was his fifth of the year.
Travis Ballew (now 5-2) went seven innings for the victory, giving up the one hit while striking out 10 Cowboys. Scott Grist pitched the final two innings giving up the Cowboy run.
McNeese left five runners stranded while Texas State had eight.