The Bearkats traveled to Edinburg, Texas, to play the Texas-Pan American Broncos on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday’s game proved to be a close contest with the Broncos closing out the game ahead 3-2.
The Bearkats were able to get plenty of runners on base Tuesday, but could not bring them home. Overall, 14 runners were left stranded by the Bearkats.
What proved to be the high point of the game for the Bearkats was the excellent pitching of Zach Adkisson. In 7 1/3 innings, Adkisson allowed only five hits and two runs, while striking out seven and walking none.
The Bearkats did not see too much life from their hitting, except for a select few. Giving his all to help the Bearkat offense was Jeremy Locke, who went 3-for-4 from the plate and scored a run. Jonathan Hamilton went 2-for-5 and scored as well. Jeremy Holzbach only got one hit, but made it count with an RBI.
Dustin Craig came in to relieve Adkisson, but his effort in the end earned him the loss.
Craig had a good game, giving up only three hits and one run in 2 1/3 innings, but that one run counted big. It was that run, coming in the bottom of the 10th inning with the game on the line.
Wednesday’s game, on the other hand, was a completely different story.
SHSU got off to a big start right away, scoring five runs off of five hits in the first inning. In that inning, Hamilton and Dom Garcia both came away with two RBIs and Lou Ferrell had one.
The Broncos scored one run off of two hits in the bottom of the first, but by the time the first three innings were over, the Bearkats were leading 9-1.
The Bearkats had a good day of pitching from starter Nathan Brewer, who gave up five hits and two runs in five innings of play. Nathan Boyd came out in relief, but he gave up three
runs off of four hits in the sixth inning. To hold the lead back, pitchers Ryan Herrera, Ryan Myers and Nathan Osterman threw three no-hit innings to keep the lead and end the game up 14-5.
The Bearkats will begin conference play when they host Nicholls State this Saturday in a double header.