The Sam Houston baseball team needed a big bounce-back weekend when they welcomed first place Southeastern Louisiana to Huntsville. The Bearkats (30-14, 13-8 SLC) did exactly that, sweeping the Lions in three come-from-behind wins.

Hayden Simerly and Anthony Azar each hit two-run homers behind Sam Odom’s eight-inning gem to complete the sweep with a 4-1 win Sunday.

Odom allowed just three hits and one first-inning run in eight solid innings of work. He struck out four batters and didn’t issue a walk in the game. The freshman would have had a chance to go for his first complete-game if not for a lengthy injury delay during the bottom of the eighth.

“It was a great sweep and we had to have it,” head coach David Pierce said. “It keeps us in the hunt and today was a great way to finish the weekend. We had the two big blows by Simerly and Azar and could have had a complete game by Odom.”

The Klein product retired nine straight batters at one point before allowing a two-out single in the sixth. Odom then sat down the final seven hitters he faced.

The Kats trailed 1-0 when Simerly provided the winning runs with a home run to right field. Azar’s homer in the seventh inning provided a pair of insurance runs.

Colt Atwood had a pair of hits and finished 2-for-5 while scoring on Simerly’s homer. Ryan O’Hearn, Carter Burgess, and Corey Toups each had a hit in the ballgame.

Ryan Brinley came out of the bullpen and recorded his fifth save of the season and second in as many days. The sophomore transfer allowed just one hit before getting out of the frame.

With four consecutive wins under their belt the Kats hope to keep it rolling at Baylor on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m


Waco’s Sam Houston State Alumni Club will host a pre-game rally for Bearkat fans before Tuesday’s non-conference baseball game with Baylor.


The gathering will be held from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. at George’s Restaurant at 1925 Speight Avenue in Waco. Food and drink specials will be available for purchase during the rally. Drawings will be held for Bearkat spirit gear.


For more information, please contact the Waco Alumni Club at 254 741-1424 or SHSU Alumni Relation at 936 294-1841.


SHSU returns to Don Sanders Stadium next weekend to host Stephen F. Austin.