AUSTIN – The Sam Houston State Bearkats got off to the start they needed, but 10 unanswered runs in just two innings by No. 22 Texas turned out to be too much to overcome as the Longhorns handed the Kats a 10-3 loss on Tuesday night at Disch-Falk Field.
SHSU (5-2) held an early 3-0 lead after a pair of two-out RBI hits from freshman Colton Cowser, but the Horns (7-2) responded with four straight doubles to open up the fifth on their way to putting up six runs in the frame to turn the game around.
Seth Ballew took the loss despite facing the minimum with five strikeouts and no walks through the first four innings. For Texas, reliever Ty Madden picked up his first career victory with 4.0 innings of work, striking out seven.
The Kats finished with seven hits in the game with Cowser finishing 2-for-4 with all three RBI. Clayton Harp also had a pair of hits in four at-bats. Cole Wesneski also made his debut out of the Bearkat bullpen, throwing 2.1 shutout frames with a strikeout.
The Bearkats will return home to face No. 18 TCU on Wednesday night at The Don. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN+.
The Bearkats had just one baserunner in its first time through the order against Texas starter Matteo Bocchi, but put a pair on the board against the UT starter in the third. They did all their work with two outs, getting consecutive singles from Jack Rogers and Harp to extend the inning. A wild pitch moved them up and Cowser then cashed in on the chance, lining a two-run single into left field that gave the Kats an early lead.
Harp and Cowser teamed up again in the fifth to put another run on the board and up the Sam Houston lead to 3-0. Madden came in to open the inning for the Longhorns and retired the first two batters he faced until Harp kept the inning alive with a single back up the middle. One batter later Cowser one-hopped the wall in left-center field on the first pitch he saw to bring Harp in all the way from first.
Things went south for the Kats in a hurry in the bottom of the inning, however, as each of the first four UT hitters Ballew faced doubled off the Bearkat starter to tie the game up. The fourth was by Tate Shaw, and two batters after his two-bagger a Bearkat wild pitch brought him across with the go-ahead run. The Kats had a chance to get out of the inning down just a run, but Austin Todd was able to bloop in a two-run single with two outs to cap the six-run frame.
Texas continued to add on in the sixth to put the game away, scoring four times on four hits to take a 10-3 led into the seventh. Each of the first six Texas hitters of the inning reached base with the first run coming across on an RBI single from Shaw. Consecutive bases-loaded walks came after that before the Kats turned two on a grounder by Lance Ford that scored the fourth run of the frame.