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Texas State junior heart fielder Ben McClain (4) heads to the dugout after taking part in protection towards Stanford within the NCAA Stanford Regional, Sunday, June 5, 2022, at Klein Discipline at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, CA. The Bobcats misplaced 8-4.

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Texas State baseball (47-13) took its first loss within the NCAA Event on the helm of the Stanford Cardinal (44-15), 8-4, Sunday, at Klein Discipline at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, California. The ‘Cats will get another shot at the host, Monday, at 7 p.m. PT (9 p.m. CT).

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The Cardinal out-hit the Bobcats in the contest, 13-4, including three home runs off Bobcat pitchers. The difference-maker in the game was two yard-balls, totaling five runs batted in, from sophomore designated hitter Carter Graham who was injured in the first game between the Bobcats and the Cardinal while running into the fence to catch a pop-up in foul territory.

“Big shot in the arm to have Carter (Graham) come to play game two [obviously],” Cardinal head coach David Esquer said. “Those two home runs just set the tone for us.”

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In the top of the first, Bobcat junior left-fielder Jose Gonzalez did what Jose Gonzalez does and hit a solo shot to deep center-field. The home run by Gonzalez was his third in two games against the Cardinal, opening up scoring in the game. 

In the bottom half of the inning, Graham took the one-run lead from the Bobcats on the first pitch he saw from starting right-handed pitcher Tony Robie with a two-run shot after his Cardinal teammate, junior center-fielder Brock Jones, led off with a double.

After a scoreless second inning by both squads, Justin Thompson was able to bat in Shuffield from second to tie the game with an RBI double.

Going into the bottom of the fourth, tied at two, Graham came to the plate with runners on first and second with two outs. Once again, the first pitch the designated hitter saw of his third at-bat against Robie, Graham blasted a three-run home run – ultimately being the difference-maker in the game.

“I think we’ve acquired to provide some credit score to Stanford tonight,” Bobcat head coach Steven Trout mentioned. “They made some really big swings in some really big moments.”

Robie suffered his first lack of the 12 months, giving up 5 runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings of play whereas placing out 4 batters for the ‘Cats. 

Freshman starting pitcher for the Cardinal, Ty Uber, picked up his fourth win of the year while only giving up three runs on three hits in five innings pitched while striking out two Bobcat batters.

The matchup Monday will be a winner-take-all game to punch their ticket to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Bobcat coaching staff has the task at hand to figure out who they want to start on the mound, especially knowing that starting off positively will be the key to winning.

“There’s lots of completely different choices we will go,” coach Trout mentioned. “We’ve got to sit down and look at it and try and figure out how we’re going to get off to our best start. To me, it’s important to get off to a good start because if you start getting behind then [obviously] you’re playing with a different momentum.” 

The Cardinal have a special method, with an additional sport underneath their belt within the Regional, getting by means of the sport with out permitting an excessive amount of injury. 

“I don’t know who the heck is going to pitch,” coach Esquer mentioned. “We’re gonna figure out how to get nine innings in there tomorrow … we’ve got some names, we’ve just got to piece together nine innings.”

The primary pitch within the winner-take-all Regional last between the Cardinal and the Bobcats is about for 7 p.m. PT (9 p.m. CT), Monday, at Klein Discipline at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, California.

Proceed to observe alongside on Twitter throughout the Stanford Regional as Sports activities Reporter Kyle Owen can be reporting dwell from Palo Alto, California.

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