Game 17
Tuesday, March 13 • Waco • Baylor Ballpark (5,000)

No. 22 Sam Houston State (12-4, 3-0 Southland) at Baylor (8-5, 0-0 Big 12) 
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HUNTSVILLE
– Winners of five in a row, the No. 22 Sam Houston State Bearkats will hit the midway point of an eight-game road stretch on Tuesday when they travel to Baylor to take on the Bears at Baylor Ballpark.

An audio stream can be heard on the Bearkat Sports Network with Jordan Smith on the call, while fans can also pay to watch along on the video stream from BaylorBears.com. Live stats will be available along with updates throughout the evening by following @BearkatsBSB on Twitter.

Sam Houston ran through a perfect week last week, picking up two midweek wins over Prairie View before sweeping past Lamar in what was the third SLC-opening sweep in four seasons under head coach Matt Deggs.

The Bearkat pitching staff was dominant last week, posting a 0.80 ERA with 47 strikeouts and only five walks in 45.0 innings while holding its opponents to a .197 average without one extra-base hit. Meanwhile, the offense did enough to make that pitching hold up, scoring 22 runs in two games against the Panthers before outscoring Lamar 16-4 in three games in Beaumont.

Tuesday’s battle with Baylor will be nothing new as Sam Houston has taken on the Bears in home-and-home midweek games every year since 2012. This year the Bears will return the favor when they come to Don Sanders Stadium on April 10 for a rematch of Tuesday’s game.

Last season the teams split the season series with each team winning on the road. The Kats have won each of their last five trips to Waco with Baylor not having beaten the Kats on its home field since 2012.

Sam Houston is set to give the ball to freshman right-hander Landon Ausley in his first career start. He has made three appearances out of the Bearkat bullpen to date, striking out seven with only one run allowed on two hits in 4.2 innings. His biggest outing came in Sam’s win over Vanderbilt where he struck out six Commodores in 3.0 innings of relief.

He will be opposed by Baylor right-hander Jacob Ashkinos who will be making his second start of the year. Ashkinos enters the game carrying an 0-1 record with a 5.62 ERA, striking out six and walking seven in 8.0 innings.

Offensively for the Bearkats, Trey Ochoa and Andrew Fregia each enter with extended on-base streaks while the Kats are hitting .303 as a team with a .458 slugging percentage. Ochoa has reached base safely in each of his last 13 games and has already put together a half dozen multi-hit games while Fregia has reached base in 12 straight and leads the team in both hits and RBI.

The Bears are coming off a sweep on its home field of George Washington and are riding a five-game win streak of their own with wins over UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech coming before their victories over the Colonials.