SAN MARCOS, TX (KPLC)- McNeese State dropped its second game in as many starts Saturday to Texas State in Southland Conference baseball action, bowing by a 10-1 score.
The loss allowed the Bobcats pull even with the Cowboys in the SLC standings, both now 6-5 in league play. Overall the Bobcats are 18-9 and McNeese is 10-14.
The two teams play the third and final contest in their series on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
Texas State jumped on the Cowboy starter – this time Blake Ware – early in the game, scoring six runs in the first three innings, three in the first, one in the second and two in the third.
Ware hurled shutout innings over the next three for McNeese but he retired after giving up a single run in the bottom of the seventh.
McNeese scored its only run of the game in the top of the seventh and then Texas State added three runs in the bottom of the eighth to close out the scoring.
The Cowboys managed to collect seven more hits than they did in Friday's opener (one hit) but couldn't put them together. They left only six runners on base.
Michael Sullivan produced the Cowboys only run in the seventh inning, belting his fourth home run and third in the last four games.
Renny Weber and Seth Granger led McNeese at the plate with two hits each.
Texas State got its three runs in the first inning on two hits and two Cowboy errors, got one in the second on two hits and two in the third on two hits.
A solo home run by Andrew Stumph scored the Bobcats run in the seventh and they got three in the eighth on three hits and a walk.
Ware, tagged for only his second loss in six decisions, hurled 6.2 innings, giving up 10 hits and seven runs (five earned) along with three walks. He struck out one.
Coby Miller relieved the starter in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings, giving up three runs (all earned) while walking one and striking out one.