Texas State rallies 7-6 past Longhorns

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By Kevin Rodriguez

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 7-6 win over Texas Baseball Tuesday at Bobcat Ballpark.

The Longhorns (24-19, 5-9 Big 12) took a 6-3 lead to the ninth inning, thanks in part to Ryan Reynolds’ seventh inning grand slam. But the Bobcats used five hits and a Longhorn error to complete the late comeback.

Texas trailed 3-1 before scoring five runs in the seventh inning. Masen Hibbeler lined his second RBI single of the game for the first run of the seventh inning. After Zach Zubia walked to load the bases, Reynolds unleashed a grand slam to right field that put Texas in front, 6-3.

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Texas had five players with multiple hits in the game, led by Reynolds two hits and four RBI. Eric Kennedy, Austin Todd, Hibbeler and Tate Shaw also each had two hits.

The Longhorns got scoreless relief outings from Matt Whelan, Coy Cobb, Ty Madden and Kamron Fields.

Texas scored the first run of the game after Todd hit a two-out first inning double and Hibbeler drove him in with an RBI single up the middle.

The Bobcats got the run right back in the bottom of the first. But Texas starter Kolby Kubichek was able to limit the damage despite a hit batter and two walks in the inning.

Kennedy and Todd kept Texas State off the board in the bottom of the third inning with back-to-back great catches at the outfield wall. Both outfielders made home run robbing grabs, leaping at the wall to keep the ball from sailing over the wall.

Texas State grabbed a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning on back-to-back two-out solo homers off of reliever Mason Bryant.

Texas returns to UFCU Disch-Falk Field for a three-game series against No. 17 West Virginia.