April 17 • Houston • Schroeder Park
Sam Houston State (25-11, 13-2 Southland) at Houston (21-14, 7-5 American)
Tuesday • 6:30 pm • Watch ($) • Live Stats • @BearkatsBSB on Twitter
April 18 • Huntsville • Don Sanders Stadium
Sam Houston State (25-11, 13-2 Southland) vs Houston (21-14, 7-5 American)
Wednesday • 6:30 pm • Eleven Sports • Live Stats • @BearkatsBSB on Twitter
HUNTSVILLE – After claiming their fifth straight Southland Conference series win, the Sam Houston State Bearkats will embark upon defense of the Don Sanders Cup with a pair of midweek clashes with Houston beginning Tuesday night at Schroeder Park.
The Kats moved past a modest three-game losing streak over the weekend by taking two of three games from rival Stephen F. Austin, but now will look to carry that momentum into its play with the Cougars. Sam Houston swept all three games from Houston in 2017 to claim the Don Sanders Cup in its inaugural year.
Fans can follow along each game via live stats and by following @BearkatsBSB on Twitter. Tuesday’s game at Houston will be available to be watched at UHCougars.com ($) while Wednesday’s game will be aired on Eleven Sports with Chuck Licata to provide the play-by-play call.
To find Eleven Sports’ availability in your area, click HERE. Fans can also watch via Southland.org/live or on the Southland Sports app.
Sam Houston leads the all-time series with the Cougars by an 82-81 margin after last season’s three-game midweek sweep. This year the Kats and Coogs will close out their series on May 1 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
Houston enters its five-game week with a 21-14 overall record and a 17-4 mark at Schroeder Park this season. As a team, Houston is hitting .251 on the year with 57 doubles and 12 home runs, led by Jared Triolo with a .350 average, 49 hits and is 10-for-10 in the stolen base category.
The Houston pitching staff owns a 3.16 ERA and has fanned 315 and walked 116 in 318.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .226 against the staff, led by junior Aaron Fletcher, who owns a 1.08 ERA and is 4-2 through nine starts with two complete games, including one in his last start at Tulane. Out of the bullpen, sophomore Carter Henry leads the way at 4-1 and a 1.26 ERA in a team-high 16 appearances. He also has three saves.
Meanwhile, Sam owns a 10-3 mark on the road and a 14-6 clip at home after its series win over SFA. As a team, Sam Houston State is hitting .285 with 33 home runs and 56 doubles.
Blake Chisolm leads the way with a .346 average, while Clayton Harp follows at .339. Hunter Hearn paces the team with 45 hits and 28 RBI, while tallying a .321 clip.
The Bearkat pitching staff owns a 3.41 ERA with 307 strikeouts and 136 walks in 325.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .238 against the staff. Dakota Mills has a team-high 17 appearances with two starts and leads the team with eight saves.