The University of San Diego Toreros defeated Sam Houston State Bearkat baseball team by the score of 5-3 on Friday night at Don Sanders Stadium. It was the first game under new head baseball coach David Pierce
The Bearkats struck first in the bottom of the first inning when centerfielder Colt Atwood (1-3) scored on a sacrifice fly by infielder Jesse Plumlee (0-4) that gave them a 1-0 lead.
Atwood led off the inning with a infield single and advanced to second and third on junior thirdbaseman Greg Olson (1-3) and senior catcher John Hale (1-3) bunt singles, respectively.
The Toreros tied it at 1 in the top of the fourth on a RBI double by leftfielder Lucas Hagberg (2-4).
Pinch hitter Dillon Checkal’s (1-1) two-run single in the top of the fifth gave the Toreros a 3-1 lead.
Shortstop Corey Toups (0-1) scored in the bottom of the sixth inning on a wild pitch by reliever James Pazos to cut the lead to 3-2..
Toups reached first with two outs in the inning on an error by shortstop Andrew Daniel (1-5) and advanced to second on a throwing error by James Pazos by firstbaseman Bryan Haar (3-5). Atwood was hit by a pitch to reach first. Olson walked to load the bases. Hale followed with a walked to load the bases before Jake Arrington (0-5) struck out to end the threat.
Haar’s two out RBI single in the top of the seventh inning increased the lead to 4-2. Rightfielder Kris Bryant (3-4) led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Corey LeVier (0-5).
They added an insurance run in the top of the eight to make it 5-2.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the ninth when Hale reached first after being hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a single by firstbaseman Ryan O’Hearn (2-5). He scored on a blop single by thirdbaseman Kevin Miller (1-5) to cut it to 5-3.
Plucheck (1-5) struck out to end the game.
Starting pitcher Calvin Drummond went 6 2/3 innings and got the win for the Toreros while sophomore starting pitcher Caleb Smith suffered the loss. Reliever Michael Wagner got the save.
“He (Drummond) settle in and got better as the game went on,” coach Pierce said. “He is going to win a lot of games for them.”
Game 2 of the weekend series will be tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit gobearkats.com.
Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Bearkats softball team by the score of 7-4. The Kats are now 0-5 for the season.
In the top of the third inning, junior shortstop Shelbi Tucker blasted a solo home run that gave the Bearkats a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies exploded in the bottom of the third with seven runs on a pair of RBI doubles by junior leftfielder Brittany Walker and sophomore thirdbaseman Amanda Garza and a grand slam by junior pitcher/infielder Mel Dumezich that made it 7-1.
It got interesting in the top of the seventh inning when junior pinch hitter Ashley Isbell blasted a three-run home run to cut the lead to 7-4 with two outs. But all hope was gone as junior Kim Damian struck out to end the game.
Senior starting pitcher Tomi Garrison went 2 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, on five hits and got the loss. Sophomore pitcher Shelby Lancaster pitched three shut out innings in relief.
The Bearkats will travel to Denton this weekend for the Mean Green Invitational at the University of North Texas. For more information on the team and the schedule of the games, visit gobearkats.com
The Kats women’s basketball team defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders by the score of 75-54. They are now 7-3 in the Southland Conference (12-9 overall).
Junior forward Britni Martin had 21 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and one steal. She made 7 out of 10 from the three point line.
“Once I started hitting shots, it opened up for everyone else on the team,” Martin said.
The first four minutes of the game was a battle between the two teams as they exchange a total of 12 points to make it a 6-6. The Islanders went on a 6-0 run to lead it 12-6.
The Bearkats answered with an 8-2 run of their own to tie it at 14.
The Islanders exploded with a 14-3 run to lead it 33-20. The Kats finished the half on a 6-2 run to cut the lead to 35-29.
“We let them penetrate in the hole and that is what we were suppose to stop them from doing,” Martin said.
The second half was a different story as the Bearkats went on a 11-2 run to make it 40-37 and would go on to win by the score of 75-54.
Junior forward Sequeena Thomas had 21 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 steals and two assists.
The Bearkats shot 48.3% from the field for the game and went 56.3% from the free throw line. The Islanders shot only 33.9% from the field and made 91% of their free throws.
Senior forward/center Myeisha Myles led the Islanders with 11 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort. They are now 4-5 in conference play (8-14 overall).
The Bearkats next game will be on Saturday, February 18 against the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. Game time is at 2 p.m. For more information, visit gobearkats.com.
The Bearkats softball team lost to Oklahoma State Cowgirls 5-0 in their season opener at the Hilton Houston Hilton Classic Tournament in Houston, Texas.
Junior Tamara Brown’s RBI single in the bottom of the first inning gave the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead. Freshmen catcher Taylor Woodall’s three-run homerun in the bottom of the fourth increased their lead to 4-0 and added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on Brown’s RBI single.
Sophomore pitcher Simone Freeman went the distance as she struck out 15 batters and gave up only four hits. Two of those four hits went to the Pre-season All-Southland Conference centerfielder Tori Benavidez.
Senior pitcher Tomi Garrison went six innings, gave up five runs on eight hits, and struck out two batters. Sophomore pitcher Shelbi Lancaster came in and work one inning in relief.
The Bearkats will face North Texas at 9 a.m. and the University of Houston at 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit gobearkats.com.
It boggles my mind that former National Football League (NFL) head coach Bill Parcells was not selected to the Hall of Fame this past week.
I can understand if the person did not do well in the league or coached a team to a Super Bowl to get selected after they have retired from the league.
But Parcells is different because he has turned around four teams when he took over as head coach and made them into playoff contenders.
The New York Giants had only one winning season prior to 1983 when Parcells became head coach. Under his leadership, the Giants won two Super Bowls in 1986 and 1990.
He became the head coach of the New England Patriots in 1993 after a two-year break. The Patriots made two playoff runs in the three years that Parcells was head coach including making the Super Bowl in 1996, where they lost to the Green Bay Packers.
The New York Jets had a dismall 4-28 record prior to hiring Parcells. After they hired him, the team had a 17-15 record in two seasons under Parcells.
The final team that he took over as head coach was the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys finished each of the three previous seasons with 5-11 records prior to 2003 when Parcells was hired. He led the Cowboys to a 34-32 record in three seasons and made the playoffs only once.
Parcells is a true innovator in the NFL and hopefully, he will get the nod when the NFL Hall of Fame Committeee votes again next year.