With the game tied 2-2 in the 13th inning, second basemen Ryan Farney hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to center field to top Cal State Northridge 3-2 and finish off the three-game sweep. The win was the first this season in extra innings for the Bearkats (13-3).
“It wasn't pretty for our offense or defense but our pitching was outstanding all week and at the end of the day we got the sweep this weekend so we’re happy,” Farney said. “You’ve got to love being in situations like that with the game on the line and a chance to win the game for your team.”
First baseman Ryan O’Hearn blasted a two-run homer to right-center field in the second inning that should have provided the winning runs. Instead the Kats allowed two unearned runs to score and tie the game.
In all the Kats finished with five errors in the game for the eighth multi-error contest of the year. Only three runs total were scored in this weekend’s series, while Bearkat pitching didn’t allow an earned run in the series.
Dirk Masters had his best outing of the season, tossing 6 1/3 innings and scattering five hits. He struck out one and issued two walks.
The first Matador run was scored in the third inning when a pair of baserunners reached via errors. A bases loaded walk drove the run in.
The second run came in the seventh when the SHSU infield was unable to get an out on a double play ball. It appeared that shortstop Jake MacWilliam got the first out at second base before throwing the ball wide of first but the umpire ruled that no out was recorded. The next batter singled to tie the game.
Sam Houston went more than six innings without a baserunner from the fifth through 11th innings. 21 straight Bearkat batters were retired in a row at one point.
Bearkat relief pitching was solid. Seth Holbert tossed three hitless innings and Jason Simms followed to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless. Ryan Brinley pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and picked up the win.
“All last week we swung the bats well and for the most part played pretty good defense,” head coach David Pierce said. “This series we pitched incredibly well and didn’t give up an earned run in three games. That’s why we had a chance to win.”
SHSU hosts Texas-San Antonio Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before starting Southland play next weekend at New Orleans.