HUNTSVILLE Seth Hammock’s sacrifice fly to left field scored Todd Sebek in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Sam Houston State a 2-1 victory over McNeese State Friday night at Don Sanders Stadium.

 

Sebek led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a single up the middle and reached third on an error by the pitcher on an attempted pickoff play.

 

Both starting pitchers, Ryan Teppera for Sam Houston and Tyler Davis for McNeese, went the regulation nine inning. Each totaled five strike outs with Teppera giving up eight hits and Davis limiting the Bearkats to four hits.

 

Zac Baker (1-0) got the victory pitching the 10th inning in relief. Justin LeBleu  (1-2) was the losing pitcher.

 

“I thought Davis really, really threw well,” Johnson said of the Cowboys’ ace, who allowed only four hits and three walks while striking out six.

He did that against a team that had scored 70 runs in their last six games, five of which were wins. Coming into the series opener with McNeese, the Kats were ranked third in the nation with a .346 team batting average.

“That was probably as good a pitching performance as we’ve had thrown against us this season,” Johnson added. “Davis had a good, hard slider and a good fastball. I thought Tepera threw well, too. ... He was throwing the ball with good velocity (89 to 94 mph) tonight. Throw that in with his breaking ball and his change-up and he can be pretty tough.”

The Cowboys scored first as, with two outs, Trey Freeman walked and Nic Eubanks singled before Kei Patnode drove in Freeman with a single.

 

Sam Houston tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth as Mark Weber doubled off the center field wall then scored on a single up the middle by Ryan Weber.

 

Bobby Verbick, Mark Wyatt, Jaime Rohlmeier, and Ryan Weber accounted for the Berakats’ first four hits, all in the first five innings.

 

Sam Houston left eight runners stranded while the Cowboys left six on base in the first nine innings.

 

Line Score:

 

Sam Houston St 2, McNeese St 1 (Apr 18, 2008 at Huntsville, TX) (Game 1)

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McNeese St.......... 000 100 000 0 -  1  8  3      (10-27, 5-11 SLC)

Sam Houston St...... 000 010 000 1 -  2  5  0      (23-14, 10-6 SLC)

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Pitchers: McNeese St - Davis, Tyler; LeBleu, Justin(10). Sam Houston St - Tepera, Ryan;

Baker, Zac(10).

Win-Baker, Zac(1-0)  Loss-LeBleu, Justin(1-2)  T-2:28  A-328