HOUSTON — Left fielder Tyson Mire was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, then Sam Houston State University exploded for six runs on five hits and an error in the seventh to walk away with a 12-5 non-conference victory over Texas Southern Tuesday afternoon.
Sam Houston State (17-14) scored 12 runs on 10 hits, an error and eight Texas Southern walks to defeat the Tigers for the fourth time this season.
Center fielder Jeremy Holzbach went three for six and Daniel Cox and Fry each picked up two hits apiece to lead the Bearkats at the plate.
Stephen Price (1-1) was the game winner, allowing the Tigers just one hit in three innings of relief work while striking out four of the nine batters he faced.
Zach Golden started for the Bearkats, pitching three and two thirds innings. Brandon Alford and J. B. Farris also worked in relief.
Sam Houston took an early 3-0 lead. Mire led off the third inning with a single, reached third on a single by Holzbach and scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Cook. Karl Krailo and Cox started the fourth inning with a walk and a single. Gregory O’Neill’s ground out scored Krailo and another single by Mire scored Cox.
Texas Southern rallied for five runs on three hits and an error in the bottom of the fourth inning. A sacrifice fly by Krailo to score Cook who walked pulled the Bearkats to within one run, 5-4.
Sam Houston State will play Texas Southern in Houston again next Tuesday, April 11, at 1 p.m. The Bearkats travel to Nicholls State this weekend.