The Bearkats are looking to rebound from four straight losses as they head to College Station to play the first of two games this season against Texas A&M Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Sam Houston State (16-8) and the Aggies (17-8) will meet up again at Olsen Field Tuesday, May 13.
Sam Houston rose to its highest ever national ranking last week, 16th in the Baseball America poll, before falling out this week. The Kats dropped a midweek game at UTA and were swept at Central Arkansas. SHSU was ranked in every baseball poll for the first time since 2012.
Texas A&M won two-of-three over league foe Florida in dramatic fashion, winning Sunday’s series-decider 4-3 in 11 innings. Aggie first baseman Cole Lankford was responsible for two walk-off hits last week.
Ryan Hendrix will be making his first career start on the mound for the Aggies. The freshman has allowed just one run in his 4.1 innings to date.
Jason Simms will also be making his first career start on the mound. The senior allowed his first earned runs over the weekend and has a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings pitched this season. Simms leads the team with four saves in nine appearances.
The two teams split the regular season series in 2013 with each team winning at their home ballpark. Jessie Plumlee’s walk-off sacrifice fly gave the Kats a 9-8 win in the 11th inning.
The Bearkats will return to Don Sanders Stadium to face McNeese State Wednesday, after eight straight games on the road. The Cowboys are 14-8 and lead the Southland in hitting with a .302 team batting average.
SHSU took the first game against McNeese, 18-6 in the fifth game of the season. Corey Toups blasted a homer and drove in five runs while Alan Scott picked up the win in relief with 2 2/3 innings pitched.