The Bearkats battled wet and windy conditions to come from behind to beat Prairie View A&M 12-8 Wednesday at Don Sanders Stadium. The sloppy conditions caused for sloppy play as the teams combined for 10 errors in the game.
Sam Houston (22-15, 8-4) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Third baseman Kevin Miller got the scoring started with a two-RBI double in the first inning.
Center fielder Colt Atwood led off the third inning with a bunt single and advanced to second on an error by the pitcher. First baseman Anthony Azar doubled to right to drive in Atwood. Miller hit a sacrifice fly to score Azar after a single by shortstop Carter Burgess. Designated hitter singled to drive in Azar and chase the Prairie View starter from the game.
“We did a great job offensively early in the game before things started to get away from us,” said Bearkat coach David Pierce. “The great thing is that we stayed right with them and made some big pitches when we needed them. Then we got the big five run inning and came away with the win.”
Bearkat starter Logan Boyd had only allowed one baserunner, a walk, through the first three innings. Boyd hit the first batter of the fourth inning to spark a six run inning for the Panthers. The Kats would end up changing pitchers twice in the frame. The six runs scored on a combined five walks, one hit batter, two errors and three singles.
Prairie View added two more runs in the seventh to take an 8-5 lead before the Bearkat offense got rolling again. The Kats would score five runs after second baseman Jessie Plumlee was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. SHSU strung together three hits and capitalized on one error to retake the lead 10-8.
The Kats added two insurance runs in the eighth inning to take a 12-8 lead and put the Panthers away for good.
Michael Burchett pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief and got the win. Juan Cortina pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Miller was 3-for-4 with four runs driven in and Simerly was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
“It’s outstanding to be 2-0 to start this week,” Pierce said. “Doesn’t matter how you get it. We played a tough game last night and we had to fight through some fatigue. But 2-0 is exactly what we are looking for to get us prepared going into the weekend.”
The Bearkats will host Oral Roberts for a weekend series at Don Sanders Stadium. This the first time the Kats will play ORU as a member of the Southland. Series starts Friday at 6:30 p.m.