It seemed as if Texas Southern University Tigers was going to pull off an upset against Sam Houston State Bearkats on Wednesday night at Don Sanders Stadium.
But, the Bearkats had something to say about that as they scored 10 runs in one inning that allowed them to defeat the Tigers by the score of 14-6.
It was the sixth time in history that the Bearkats (16-9 overall, 7-2 Southland Conference) scored 10 or more runs in one inning. The last time occurred in 2006 against the University of Texas-Pan American.
The Tigers (12-13 overall, 3-8 Southwestern Athletic Conference) came out of the gate and scored four runs in the top of the third inning that made it 4-0 on a pair of RBI singles by left fielder Louis Hubbard, center fielder Sebastian Stargell and first baseman Anthony Dilligard. Dilligard scored the fourth run of the inning on a pass ball by catcher Shea Pierce.
Smith reached first to start the inning when he was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a ground out by catcher Jose Flores. A wild pitch by starting pitcher Brandon Bergen allowed Smith to advance to third that allowed him to score on Hubbard’s single.
Most teams would have probably given up and call it a night, but the Bearkats was not going to be one of those teams.
They responded in a big way when they exploded for ten runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take over the lead by the score of 10-4.
All the Bearkat starters had a hit and scored in the inning. Four of them batted twice.
Short stop Corey Toups scored the first run on an error by catcher Jose Flores. He also hit the go-ahead two-run single that gave them the lead.
“Usually when you give up a four run inning or a big inning early in the game, the thought process is to take it one at-bat at a time and try to get one back, get two back and get yourself back in the game,” head coach David Pierce said. “They kicked the ball araound a little bit and it opened the door for us and our hitters did a great job.”
“The position players responded well to that four run inning that they (Tigers) had,” assistant coach Philip Miller said. “Our guys did an incredible job to put pressure on their defense.”
They added another run in the bottom of the fourth to increase the lead to 11-4.
The Tigers musted up a run in the top of the fifth inning to cut the lead to 11-5, but the Bearkats added another in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 12-5.
An RBI single by second baseman Jag Gordaya cut the Bearkat lead to 12-6.
The Bearkats finished the massacre as they added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to increase the lead to 14-6.
They finished the game with 15 total hits.
Reliever Andrew Godail went 2 2/3 innings and got his first win of the season. He came in relieve for Bergen who pitched 2 1/3 innings. The Bearkats used a total of six pitchers combined.
Starting pitcher Kevin Schulba suffered the loss for the Tigers.
The Bearkats returns to conference play this weekend as they face the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners in San Antonio for a three game series that will start on Friday.
Sam Houston State Bearkats defeated the Texas State Bobcats by the score of 10-4. The win increased their Southland Conference record to 6-2 (13-9).
The Bearkats wasted no time in the bottom of the second when they scored three runs that made it 3-0 on an error by third baseman Nick Smelser and on back-to-back RBI singles by second baseman Jesse Plumlee and short stop Corey Toups.
“We had great at-bats and were tenacious throughout every at-bat,” head coach David Pierce said. “We kept grinding it and we got runs from it.”
The Bearkats continued the on-slaught as they scored three more runs in the bottom of the third inning to increase the lead to 6-0 on an RBI double by third baseman Kevin Miller, an RBI single by Plumlee and a throwing error by second baseman Tyler Sibley that allowed catcher John Hale to score.
The Bobcats made things interesting in the top of the sixth inning when they scored three runs to cut the lead to 6-3 on an RBI single by designated hitter Ben McElroy and a two-run single by center fielder Jeff McVaney.
It seemed as if the momentum was riding for the Bobcats as left fielder Brooks Orton led off the top of the seventh inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Andrew Stumph. But the Bearkats got the next three outs to get out of the inning.
The Bearkats capitalized and exploded for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend the lead to 9-3 on a sacrifice fly by Plumlee and a two-run single by left fielder Luke Plucheck.
The Bobcats added a run in the top of the eighth inning to make it 9-4.
The Bearkats added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning to increase the score to 10-4.
Starting pitcher Justin Jackson went 5 and 2/3 innings and got his fourth win of the season. He gave up three runs on five hits and struck out four batters.
“You want to continue and give yourself some opportunites,” head coach David Pierce said. “We had an opportunity to win the series and we did.”
Starting pitcher Colton Turner only went 2 and 2/3 innings and suffered the loss.
The Bearkats will be going for the sweep tomorrow in the rubber match against the Bobcats at 1 p.m.
“We have to come out and play like we are trying to get swept,” Miller said.
“We have an opportunity to get a sweep,” coach Pierce said. “Nothing is guranteed, but we have the opportunity and they are buying into it.”
“I think they will be ready.”
by Cheval John
After the University of Texas Longhorns was knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tourmanent, Gail Goestenkors resigned as head coach of the Longhorns yesterday due to “fatigue.”
In her five seasons as head coach of the Longhorns, she has taken the team to five straight consecutive NCAA tournaments.
However, that was not enough for the Longhorn faithful because of various reasons: 1) She has take her previous team, the Duke Blue Devils to Four Final Four Appearances and played in the national championship twice during her 15 years at the institution and
2) She was replacing legendary coach Jody Conradt, who was the head coach for 31 years, has guided the Longhorns to 21 NCAA tournament appearances, including three Final Fours and winning one national championship in 1986.
In addition, the university launched the Longhorn Network this past August and they want to showcase their excellence to the world on a daily basis, so that they can continue to attract quality recruits to the university.
In retrospect, Goestenkors should have stayed at Duke because she would have become an iconic figure for the women’s basketball team as the current men’s basketball head coach for Duke Mike Krzyzewski.
Instead, she is just another casuality because she could not meet the expectations from the Longhorn faithful and it was difficult to duplicate the success of Jody Conradt.
The Texas A&M Aggies defeated Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Bearkats All-Girl Squad by the score of 19-16 in the “Stunt Competition that was hosted at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on the campus of SHSU on Sunday.
The stunt competition focuses on the technical and skill aspects of cheerleading. It is recognized as an “emerging sport” by the NCAA.
They are four quarters in the competition . The first quarter consist of partner stunts, the second quarter is pyramids and tosses, the third quarter is group jumps and tumbling and the fourth quarter is where each team perform a two minute and two second team performance.
The first three quarters consists of three rounds each where both teams compete head –to-head on the floor.
In each round, they perform one of six pre-choreographed routines. A team with possession of each round will determined which one of the routines they will perform.
The judges ranks the teams of each round based on execution of each performance. The team with the best execution will be awarded first place with two points while the second place team will be awarded one point.
A team may forfeit a round if they are unable to perform the necessary skills in the routine. If that happens, the other team can still perform the routine and either get one point or two points.
In the first quarter, the Aggies swept through all of the three rounds and took a commanding 6-3 lead.
In the second quarter, the Bearkats made some strides in the routine and took the first round to cut the lead to 6-5. However, the Aggies continued with their domination and took the second and third rounds to extend their lead to 10-6.
Both teams tied in the first round on the third quarter with the Aggies maintaining their lead to 12-8. Despite the tie, the Aggies took the second and third round to increase their lead to 16-10.
In the fourth quarter, each team performed a full routine. A&M couldn’t hold their pyramids fully, while the Bearkats hold the pyramid flawlessly. A drop pyramid weighs more than a drop stunt because of the degree of difficulty it brings to the whole routine.
Even though the Bearkats took the fourth quarter, it was too little too late as the Aggies went on to win it by the score of 19-16.
We laid off a little bit on the first three quarters, All-Girl Co-Captain and All-American Andrea Dearing said. “We focused hard on our nationals routine and it showed even though we won the fourth quarter.”
Though they lost, they feel that today’s competition will help them to improve their routine as they get set for the NCA/NDA National Cheer Competion that will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida from April 11-15.
“It was really important for us to get in front of the crowd and have a lot of energy and work out some kinks, Dearing said.”
The University of Northern Iowa Panthers advanced to the Final Four of the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament as they defeated Sam Houston State Bearkats by the score of 78-69.
The tournament was Bearkats first post-season appareance in the 48th year history of the women’s basketball program. They were knocked out of the first round of the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament last Tuesday that squashed any chances for them to make the NCAA Tournament.
The Panthers started the game on a 5-0 run behind K.K. Armstrong’s three-pointer and a basket by Amber Kirschbaum.
The Bearkats answered with a 5-1 run of their own to cut the lead to 8-5. They continued their moment when Sequeena Thomas and Zoe Tucker hit back to back baskets to help the Kats take the lead by the score of 9-8.
The Bearkats continued on a 9-3 run to increase the lead to 18-11.
The Panthers went on a 9-4 run to pull within a 22-20 lead. But a pair of three pointers by Britni Martin and Jasmine Johnson helped the Bearkats extend the lead to 28-20.
The Panther exploded with a 12-4 run with Armstrong scoring 6 of those points to tie the game at 32.
But Thomas scored back to back baskets to close the half with the Bearkats leading 36-32.
It seemed as if the Bearkats was in control of the game as they started the second half on a 4-2 run to increase the lead to 40-35.
But the Panthers mounted a 8-5 run behind three straight baskets by Katelin Oney to cut the lead to 46-45.
Brittni Donaldson made a three pointer on the next possession to give the Panthers a 48-45.
Martin’s three-pointer tied the score at 48.
The Panthers answered behind Rachel Madrigal’s three-pointer that gave the Panthers a 51-48 lead and they would maintain the lead for the rest of the game and win it by the score of 78-69.
Armstrong finished the game with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Panthers. Oney contributed with 20 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
Martin led the Bearkats with 19 points and 4 rebounds while Thomas was second on the team with 13 points and 9 rebounds.