Following a tough series against conference foe Texas State in San Marcos, the Bearkat baseball team came home strong with a 16-1 victory over Texas Southern Tuesday night at Don Sanders Stadium.
Casey Springer started on the mound for the Bearkats and pitched through four innings, giving up just one run and two hits before being replaced in the fifth by Jon Lindenburger.
Lindenburger (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the win, his second of the season.
Four more pitchers would take over for Sam Houston State throughout the remaining three innings as the Bearkats pitching staff used the TSU offense to prove their strength on the mound.
Keith Stein singled in the bottom of the third and set off a flurry of scoring that saw the Bearkats bring in five runs on three hits while stranding just two men on base. Bobby Verbick, one of the Bearkats’ most potent hitters this season, knocked out a double in the next at-bat to score Stein. After a single from Karl Krailo loaded the bases, TSU starter Rashad Ford walked Todd Sebek to bring in another run for the Bearkats. A pitching error allowed Sam Houston State to bring in two more runs before a sacrifice fly from Clint Mann brought in the final run of the inning.
By the end of the inning, the Bearkats were up 6-1 and the Tigers found themselves in a hole they wouldn’t be able to escape for the remainder of the game.
Krailo ended the night with a 2-for-3 performance while Mann finished 1-for-4 with three RBI’s. The Bearkats’ pitching staff combined to allow just four hits and one run throughout the game despite earning just four strike outs, all of which came within the first six innings of the game.
Sam Houston State will play again this weekend at home in a conference series with the Lamar Cardinals, who currently lead the East Division of the SLC with a 9-3 record. The first game will begin on Friday at 6:30 p.m. with the following games beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.