Third baseman Carter Burgess ripped a two-run single into centerfield in the seventh inning to lead Sam Houston State to a 4-3 win over Baylor Tuesday at Don Sanders Stadium. The Bearkat third baseman went 3-for-4 and had a hand in every run, scoring the first two and driving in the last two.
The win is the 100th in the career of head coach David Pierce. Pierce has compiled a record of 100-55 in three seasons.
“Unfortunately we didn’t play great defense tonight but the great thing is that we got the big hit late to win the game and in the latter part of the game we did play good defense,” Pierce said. “You might call this one an ‘ugly win’ but I’ll take it.”
Sam Houston (22-11, 6-6 SLC) struck first in the second inning when left fielder Luke Plucheck doubled into the gap in right-center to score Burgess.
The Kats put themselves in a hole in the top of the fourth when they committed three errors and allowed three unearned runs. The lead off runner reached on an error at first base and scored a few batters later on an error by the third baseman. The second run scored on a sacrifice fly and the third on a double steal.
Burgess and Plucheck combined to get a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Burgess led off the frame with a double and Plucheck brought him home on a two-out infield single.
All of the damage done in the seventh inning came with two outs. Center fielder Colt Atwood singled to shortstop, catcher Anthony Azar singled up the middle and designated hitter Hayden Simerly reached on an error at shortstop to load the bases in front of Burgess.
“That was a fun win for us tonight,” Burgess said. “Our makeup and our character is that we can overcome some errors. We gave away some runs early but good teams are able to overcome those things and we were able to do that tonight. We starting to play better and the last three wins have been real team wins.”
Starter Dylan Ebbs tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed just two hits. All three runs that scored against him were unearned.
Ryan Brinley picked up the win with one inning of relief. He immediately picked off a runner after coming into the game and struck out the only other two batters he faced.
Alan Scott tossed 1 2/3 innings and got the save. He struck out two batters and worked around two hits.
Sam Houston is now 3-1 against the Big 12 this season with previous wins over TCU and Texas Tech.
“Every game is important to us, whether it’s a Big 12 team or a Southland team. We try to approach every game the same way and we just happen to have been good against the Big 12 and we’re okay with that,” Pierce added.
The Bearkats are back at Don Sanders Stadium this weekend for a three-game league series against Abilene Christian. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.