Bearkats massacred the Tigers 14-6
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.