HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State showed their offensive prowess Tuesday night as they scored 12 runs over a five-inning span to pick up a 12-1 Prairie View at Don Sanders Stadium.
Sam Houston (8-4) finished with 18 hits on the day, with five going for extra bases. Trey Ochoa went 3-for-3 on the night with two RBI. Darien Simms, Andrew Fregia, Blake Chisolm, Jacob Finke and Clayton all had two hits on the night with Finke led the team with three RBI.
Prairie View A&M (2-7) only had two hits on the night with the first one coming to the lead off the game, while the second hit didn not occur till the middle of the eighth inning.
Much of that was due to Bearkat starter Gabriel Sequiera who had his second stellar outing of the season, picking up his first win of the season on a night where he needed only 68 pitches through 6.0 innings. He allowed just one hit, one unearned run, struck out nine and retired 17 straight Panthers after the first two Panthers reached on a leadoff single and the first of three Sam Houston errors for the game.
Nic Campos fell to 0-2 on the season after allowing 13 hits and six earned runs while only striking out three in 4.0 innings of work.
Sam Houston will face off against Prairie View once again tomorrow with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. at The Don.
Prairie View got off to a fast start after freshman Demarie’ Smith led off the inning with a single to right field. A few pitches later Smith found himself at third base after an error allowed him to advance all the way to third after stealing second. The next Panther would reach on a fielding error by the third baseman to allow the Panthers to get on the board first. Sequeira and the Kats' defense quickly stopped the bleeding as they retired the next two batters and caught a Panther stealing.
Sam Houston had a great opportunity to put runs on the board in the opening frame as they had runners on second and third with no outs, but could not capitalize as the next two batters were retired before Campos allowed his first free pass of the night to load the bases for the Kats. Chase Cryer would go on to ground out to Prairie View’s first baseman to end the Sam Houston threat.
The Bearkat offense did not squander a similar opportunity in the bottom of the second, however. Sam Houston loaded the bases again after a Simms one-out bunt. Trey Ochoa would then brought the first Bearkat run across home plate with a shallow blooper to center. On the first pitch to Fregia, the Bearkats got their second run on the board thanks to a wild pitch. Fregia would then go on to lay down a squeeze bunt to bring the Sam Houston advantage to 3-1. The Bearkats got their fourth and final run thanks to an error by Prairie View’s first baseman.
The Kats added two more runs in an action-packed frame that started off by a slicing lead-off double to left field by Chisolm. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, Chisolm would become the fifth run on the board for the Kats thanks to a RBI single to center by Clayton Harp. Harp would then go on to steal second and advance to third due to an interference call on Prairie View. Trey Ochoa got his fifth RBI of the season thanks to a beautifully executed bunt back to the pitcher.
Sam Houston scored for the third straight inning after Jacob Finke got a two-out RBI single to cap a 10-pitch at bat, driving in Cryer who got on with a two-out double himself. Sam Houston had a chance to do more damage when Jack Rogers was hit by a pitch during his pinch-hit appearance, but the next Sam Houston batter grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the frame.
Sam Houston’s offense had another big inning up its sleeve in the fifth, plating four more runs to push their lead to 11-1. Mac Odom drew a walk to lead off the frame for the Kats. He would move to second thanks to a Riley McKnight sacrifice bunt and eventually score thanks to a throwing error by the Panther shortstop after an Fregia single. After advancing to second on the errant throw Fregia would steal third a few pitches later and be drove in by a Jaxxon Grisham single down the left side, Grisham's third pinch-hit RBI of the year. Grisham would go on to steal second and advance to third one batter later before Josh Biles drew a walk to put runners on the corners for Sam Houston. Finke then cleared the bases for the Kats with a deep double to the warning track in left field.
Sam Houston extended their scoring streak to five consecutive innings by virtue of a two-out Fregia RBI double to deep left.
Coach Matt Deggs opening comments after the win over Prairie View …
“I thought it was a good response coming off a weekend where we played pretty good, but completely our game. I thought Gabe Sequeira started out really well, but I wish we did a better job setting the tone in the first. We did spin things with our short game and I thought we executed some bunts and big hits which turned things in our favor. We were able to play bunch of guys in the game, but we needed to start a little better, clean up the defense and continue to get better.”
Deggs on great two outings for Gabriel Sequeira …
“That is what we have been seeing from him in the fall and in spring practice. He has great stuff and is hard to pick up and to get on time to. If he starts to command the two pitches that he has and he will pitch a lot for us. He has had back-to-back great outings.”
Deggs on amount of guys involved …
“We started our base line-up first to get those guys in the flow and they gave us cushion. This is a team, and we do everything together by working hard and they all deserve an opportunity. We were able to get a lot of playing time tonight for a lot of people, which is really important coming into conference.”
Deggs on hitters stepping up …
“It was good to see Jacob Finke get involved because that is what he does in practice all the time. He is a big bat for us and it was great to see him get going. It was also good to see Jaxxon Grishan continue what he has been doing off the bench, because that is a big weapon also.”