First-inning fury

The Sam Houston State baseball team scored 14 runs, including a nine-run first inning, to dismantle the Prairie View A&M Panthers 14-7 on Wednesday night at Don Sanders Stadium.

Freshman left-hander Brent Powers got the win, pitching two innings and giving up four runs on four hits, striking out one and walking another. Six more pitchers followed and pitched seven innings of sparkling relief, giving up just three runs. The Panthers’ starter, Adrian Canales, was chased from the game after recording only two outs, giving up nine runs on six hits and walking three.

The Kats were led offensively by right fielder Todd Sebek, catcher Heath Pugh and centerfielder Keith Stein. Sebek went 4-for-6 and scored three runs, drove in two and stole a base. Pugh had three hits in five at-bats and drove in four runs. Stein had a pair of hits, including a homerun and two RBI.

“We got a lot of guys in the game and that’s what I wanted to do. We had some mixed results with the pitching; some pitched better than others,” SHSU head coach Mark Johnson said. “I was pleased with the hitting, but the errors were disappointing. We have to continue to work on that.”

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