Sam Houston State’s baseball team crushed the Texas Southern Tigers Tuesday afternoon,16-2, to record their fifth straight win.
Junior Jonathan Stone’s pitch hit grand slam home run in the bottom of the fifth inning sparked the seven run inning to blow the score open, 10-2.
The Bearkats used five pitchers in the win. Junior Kevin Mainer pitched four innings giving up four hits, two runs and he recorded five strike outs. Mainer improved his record to 1-0 on the season.
After Mainer, the Bearkats coach, Chris Rupp, used four more pitchers to close out the game. Rupp set junior Brent Brooks, freshman Timothy Gray, freshman Zach Golden and freshman Matt Heinrich they combined to pitch five innings giving up no hits, no runs and they strike out five Tiger batters.
“All the pitchers got some work and did a good job for us,” Rupp said.
The Bearkats connected on 10 hits, and two were home runs. Freshman Kolin Hatfield delivered a two-run home run for Sam Houston State.
The Tigers pitcher’s hit seven Bearkat batters and gave up five walks to help the Kats score 16 runs.
“Ten hits, with good timely hits is what helped us win the game,” Rupp said.
The Bearkats were led by freshman Karl Krailo who went 2-for-2 and had two RBIs, freshmen Kolin Hatfield and Roy Merritt both had three RBIs and sophomore Jeremy Holzbach went 2-for-5 and batted-in one.
“Roy executed very well today, and we all need to be more in depth with are hitting,” Rupp added.
Sam Houston State improves their overall record to 10-15-1 went this non-conference win over Texas Southern.
“It’s a nice feeling, and I hope the players like winning,” Rupp said.
“These wins should give us confidence to build on during the season.”
Sam Houston State’s next opponent will be a three-game Southland Conference series with the Nicholls State Colonels Friday through Sunday at Thibodaux, La.
Coach Rupp will send junior Zach Adkisson (3-3, ERA 5.45) to the mound on Friday, freshman Casey Springer (2-2, ERA 3.55) will take the ball on Saturday, and senior Ryan Rafferty is probable for the game on Sunday.
The Colonels come into this weekend series with a 9-16 overall record and are 0-6 in SLC action.