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Texas State buries Texas on 7-6 walk-off victory

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Despite a five-run seventh inning, the Longhorns bullpen yet again failed to close out a much needed win.

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Well, I’ll go ahead and state the painfully obvious.

After being swept in Stillwater this past weekend, Texas desperately needed a win Tuesday night in San Marcos.

Masen Hibbeler got things started early for Texas with a run scoring single up the middle, however the Bobcats answered with a first inning run of their own to even things back at one.

Texas State then took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning after back-to-back solo home runs courtesy of outfielders Will Hollis and John Wuthrich.

Headed to the seventh still trailing by two, the game and the season appeared to be slipping away from the Horns. Luckily, the Longhorns had a rally in them.

Hibbeler continued his hot streak, driving in another run on a base hit to centerfield. A Zach Zubia walk then loaded the bases and suddenly the Longhorns showed signs of life.

A pulse.

With just one away in the inning, the table was set for Ryan Reynolds.

Reynolds, who had failed to drive in a single run over the last ten games, was certainly due. The junior made the most of the opportunity as he blasted a grand slam over the fence in right field to put Texas up 6-3.

Headed to the ninth, Cole Quintanilla toed the rubber looking to earn the save. Despite striking out the first batter of the inning things quickly turned for the worst as Quintanilla then surrendered three straight hits. One of which being Will Hollis’ second home run of the ballgame, this time a two run shot.

Tristan Stevens entered the game looking to get the final two outs of the inning to preserve a 6-5 victory.

Instead, he failed to record an out.

The Bobcats walked it off three batters later, handing Texas a 7-6 crushing loss. Four straight losses in case you’re counting.

Needing a sweep or a series win at the very least, Texas will host the West Virginia Mountaineers (24-14) this weekend. Anything can happen but things are certainly looking bleak for the Horns.

First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 P.M. central on the Longhorn Network and 104.9 The Horn.