The Bearkats rallied from a Friday night loss to Dallas Baptist to take the three-game series with Sunday’s 4-1 win. Sam Houston State moves to 7-1 overall heading into a tough stretch with Rice Tuesday and the Astros College Classic next weekend.
“It was a great weekend for us to come back from losing Friday night and win the series against a very good opponent,” head coach David Pierce said. “You had two great guys on the mound today. Sneed is a lot more of a veteran guy but Dirk matched him. He made the pitches when he needed to and we need to stick with him and work hard to avoid the base on balls.”
DBU scored first, as they did in every game of the series, but like Saturday’s game the Kats fought right back and ended up winning the game.
The Kats had to manufacture runs off of a tough DBU pitcher, Cy Sneed. Shortstop Corey Toups led off the fifth with a double and left fielder Luke Plucheck and second baseman Ryan Farney each worked one-out walks to load the bases.
Center fielder Colt Atwood leveled the score with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Plucheck.
In the sixth, shortstop Carter Burgess got things started with a two-out single to left field. After Jake MacWilliam, who replaced Toups at shortstop, was hit by a pitch designated hitter Dylan Ebbs walked to load the bases once again.
Plucheck then worked a walk to drive in a Burgess and give the Bearkats a 2-1 lead.
Burgess would deliver the decisive blow in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded for the third consecutive inning, Burgess ripped a single to left field to score Atwood and first baseman Ryan O’Hearn and make the score 4-1.
Dirk Masters made his second start on the mound this season and pitched five innings allowing just the one run on four hits. He walked four batters and only struck out one.
Seth Holbert tossed two perfect innings of relief and picked up his first career win. The redshirt freshman struck out one batter and didn’t allow anyone to reach base.
Jason Simms pitched the final two innings to register his second save of the season. Simms made things interesting by loading the bases in both the eighth and ninth innings but didn’t allow a run.
The Kats will put their three-game winning streak against Rice to the test Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Houston. SHSU will then turn their attention to the Houston College Classic which starts Friday.
“We knew going into this weekend we had three tough games and five behind that with Rice, the Minute Maid Classic and following that with Rice. It’s going to be a tough little stretch but we’re looking forward to it and our kids are excited about it. I like our chances,” Pierce added.
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