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Texas State notebook: Baseball homestand ends with back-to-back wins

Texas State’s baseball team finished its six-game homestand with two straight wins this week after losing three of the first four.

The Bobcats (19-11, 6-3) lead the Sun Belt Conference’s West Division.

After a 9-3 loss to Texas A&M on March 28, the Bobcats went 1-2 in a weekend series loss to Arkansas State (15-14, 4-5). The win in the middle of the series was the first time the Bobcats had ever beaten the Red Wolves in San Marcos.

Right-hander Cam Baird (1-2) earned his first victory of the season in a 10-1 win over Prairie View A&M on Tuesday night. Baird pitched eight innings with seven strikeouts, allowing five hits while giving up just one run on 94 pitches.

Baird “was all over the bottom of the zone,” Bobcats coach Ty Harrington said. “When you command your fastball and can throw strikes, it gives college hitters problems. … He attacked everything. There was a purpose about him. There was an attitude about him. That’s what we preach, and he went out and executed.

“We need a fourth starter if we’re going to make a run in the tournament. … For him to throw the way he did, that gives us some confidence going into our midweek games.”

Second baseman Jonathan Ortega went 3 for 5 against Prairie View with a home run and two RBIs. It was the third straight game Ortega had hit a homer, giving him six on the season.

The next night, Texas State held on to beat UT-Rio Grande Valley 11-9.

Right-fielder Theodore Hoffman went 2 for 4 against UTRGV, with three RBIs and his team-leading ninth home run. Ortega continued his hot streak, going 2 for 4 with four RBIs.

The Bobcats used six pitchers, with Brandon Courville (2-2) earning the win. Courville pitched four innings, allowing two hits and notching three strikeouts on 84 pitches.

Back on the road this weekend, the Bobcats will face Little Rock (10-19, 3-6) for a three-game series in Arkansas. On Tuesday, Texas State and Texas will face off for the second of three games against each other this season; the Bobcats took the first game 11-10.

Smith earns conference honor: For the first time in her career, Kylah Smith was named the Sun Belt’s track athlete of the week after scoring 4,717 points at the Bobcat Invitational, the second-most points scored in the conference this season.

The sophomore finished in the top three in five of the seven events, running the 100 in 14.15 seconds and the 200 in 26.17, recording a high jump of 1.57 meters, throwing the javelin 33.18 meters and putting the shot 10.53 meters.

The Bobcats will be in Austin next weekend, competing in the Texas Invitational at Mike A. Myers Stadium on April 15.

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