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Page 2B Hays Free Press May 4, 2011 + + STAFF REPORTS Junior Jeff McVaney had a career game on Sunday after- noon at Bobcat Ballpark as he led Texas State to a 14-7 victory over McNeese State. McVaney became just the second Bob- cat in the program's history, and the first since 1987, to hit three home runs in a game. As a result, the Bobcats en- tered the Baseball America na- tional poll ranked No. 25. It's the first time all season Texas State has been ranked. McVaney hit home runs in the second, seventh and eighth innings as part of a 3-for-3 day at the plate. He reached all five of his plate appearances, also taking a walk and getting hit by a pitch. The left fielder now has 10 home runs on the season after hitting four dur- ing the series with McNeese State. He joined former Bob- cat, Wade Haynes, who ac- complished the feat against Texas Wesleyan on February 26, 1987, as the two Texas State players to hit three homers in a game. McVaney's bat was not the only one that was hot on Sun- day though as Texas State hit a season-high six home runs in the game. The six bombs were the most since the team hit a program-best seven against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on February 23, 2002. Ioining McVaney with home runs on Sunday were Casey Kalenkosky, Kyle Kubitza and Cody Gambill. Kalenkosky's shot was his Southland Con- ference-leading 16th of the PHOT~ ~URTESY OF TEXAS STATE UNIVB~ffY Casey Kalenkosky takes a mighty swing during Texas State's key series against McNease State University last weekend. The Bobcats blasted the Cowboys 14-7 on Sunday and as a result woke up Monday morning ranked No. 25 nationally in the baseball America poll. took advantage of some shakystole second earlier in the in- Texas State defense in the first ning before Kalenkosky drove inning to push across three un- in his 49th RBI of the year. earned runs following a costly Texas State starter Colton two-out error, grabbing a 3-0 Turner continued to put ze- to deep right field for his third of the season and a 6-3 Texas State lead. However, an error would cost the Bobcats their lead in the top of the seventh as the Cowboys scored three runs, two of which were unearned, to even the score at 6-6 head- ing into the seventh-inning stretch. Once again, the Texas State offense would pick up the slack to help the Bobcats re- take the lead. A single from Kubitza moved Atwood from first to third before a wild pitch allowed the senior to come home for a 7-6 lead. McVaney and Kalenkosky then hit back- to-back home runs off Mc- Neese State relief pitcher to extend the Texas State lead to 9-6 heading into the eighth in- nin. Bobcats blew open the game with a five-run eighth inning highlighted by a mam- moth three-run home run from Kubitza to right field which was immediately followed by McVaney's third home run of the game. Texas State took a 14-6 lead following the eighth inning and would close out the game with a 14-7 win after the Cow- boys scored a run in the top of the ninth. Tmvis Ballew (2-1 ) came in to pitch the final3 and 2/3 innings for Texas State as he earned his second win of the season. The sophomore struck out four and allowed two earned nms, three hits and a walk aS he helped Texas State improve to 28-16 overall and 17-7 in the South- season, while Kubitza's was his lead before the Bobcats came ros up on the scoreboard af- land Conference. sixth. Gambill's home run was to the plate, ter the first inning, helping Zach Butler (4-3) was his third this year. But the visitor's lead would the Bobcats maintain their charged with the loss for Mc- The Bobcats finished Sun- not last long as Texas State lead after the third inning. Neese State after allowing sev- day's game with 14 runs and came back at the bottom of the Turner, who allowed just one en runs over 6 2/3 innings. He 17 hits as the team scored in second inning to tie the game hit between the second and struck out five and allowed just six of eight innings en route to at 3-3. McVaney started the fifth innings, struck out sev- one walk before exiting in the its 28th victory this )'ear. KalenkoskT (3-for-4) had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs on the afternoon, while Bret Atwood (3-for-5) also had three hits to go along with a pair of runs scored and RBIs. Kubitza {2-for- 5),Andrew Stumph (2-for-4} and Clint Vest (2-for-4) also had multi- hit games for the Bobcats. Before the Bobcats' offen- sive onslaught, the Cowboys inning with his second home en batters through the first )+seventh inning. McNeese State run in as many days to cut the five innings. ~ dropped to 21-25, 10-14 SIC Bobcats' deficit to :~-l, andVest The top of the Texas State with the loss. came through with a two-out, lineup helped add a run in Texas State will return to two-RBI single to center field the fifth inning when leadoff- action at Bobcat Ballpark on to bring home Kalenkosky and man Tyler Sibley tripled to the Friday when the Bobcats host Stumph to tie thegame, gap in right-center field to be- UTSA in the first game of a TexasStatethentookthelead gin the frame before Atwood three-game series at 6:30 p.m. in the bottom of the third after singled up the middle to bring Games two and three of the :Kalerdmsiqr doubled off :the home the Bobcats' fifth run. :: ~' series will be played in San wall in left field tq bring home The Bobcats scored for the: :: Antonio. 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Lehman's track and field squad took a hit fight out of the blocks at the regional meet, as team leader Justin Tortes hit the second hurdle in the 300-meter hurdle event and hurt his hamstring. Torres finished the race in 40.57 sec- onds, about a second off his normal time, and still qualified for the finals. Tortes came back with a surge on Tuesday, finishing third in the 300-hurdles. He has an outside chance to earn the wild card with his time of 39.73, but with the strength of some of the Dallas and East Texas regions it would be a longshot. Because of the injury, how- ever, he was not able to run the anchor legs of the 4X200- meter relay event or the 4X400 for Lehman later Monday. Neither relay team advanced to the finals, nor did Lehman's girls 4X200 relay team. "It was a real tough break PHOTO BY SEAN RODRIGUEZ Lehman track star Justin Tones shook off an injured hamstring and finished third in the 300-meter hurdles at Regionals Tuesday at Alamo Stadium. He will be tm alternate to the state meet next week in Austin. losing Justin for the relays, but those things happen,-- said Lehman track coach Michael Laney. "We had a bad exchange in the 4X200 and we had to use two alternates, including a IV runner, on our 4X400 team. They ran well, but when you replace a guy that can run 51 seconds with someone who runs 54 seconds it really hurts you." Still, Laney said the 2011 track and field season was the best ever for the Lobo boys, as they won their own meet and finished second overall three other times. "Justin Torres is the only se- nior we're losing, and our IV team won four meets this sea- son as well," Laney said. "So things are definitely looking up for us moving forward." Texas State Softball + Continued from pg. 1B Two home losses in a dou- of Texas State reliever Crystal bleheader to their rivals the Alaniz to open up a 5-1 lead. previous night virtually end- Hernandez also had a run ed TeXas State's chances to secure their fourth straight regular season champion- ship. UTSA won 5-1 in extra innings and then took the nightcap 5-3. Former Hays star Anna Hernandez had a hand in both games - send- ing the first game into extra scoring singleinthe Bobcats 5-3 loss in the nightcap of the doubleheader. With only three games left in league play the Bobcats are in a virtual dead heat with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for second place. Texas State finishes regular season play at Nicholis State innings with a clutch single this weekend while Texas to right for her 23rd RBI of A&M Corpus-Christi travels the season to tie the game at to first place Texas Arling- 1-1. ton. But the Roadrunners The Southland Conference lusscd an mmn8 four T0urnamcnt begin8 next consecutive solo home runs Thursday in Huntsville at in the eighth inning with Sam Houston State Univer- Molly Fichtner, Kristin Kap- sity where the Bobcats could pier, Caiflin Ivy and Jori Fox enter the tournament as the all going deep for UTSA off second or third seed. To learn more, go to www.pec.coop and type "safety tips" in the search window. >> POWER OF COMMUNITY PEDERNALES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE +