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April 18, 2014

SHSU BASEBALL — Lamar rolls over the Bearkats

Early offensive explosion by Cardinals puts Kats in tough spot, team falls 13-3

HUNTSVILLE — The Bearkats were able to rally from an early offensive barrage from Lamar on Thursday night but couldn’t duplicate that effort Friday as they lost 13-3 in eight innings. The loss sets up a crucial rubber game today at 1 p.m.

 Just like Thursday, the Cardinals scored eight runs over the first two innings to jump out to a big lead, but Sam Houston State (26-13, 10-7 SLC) wasn’t able to get on the board until the seventh.

The Kats didn’t have a hit through the first five innings and managed just five in the game.

The Sam Houston State bullpen wasn’t as effective either Friday. The Kats shut out Lamar from the third to the ninth in Thursday’s win. Logan Boyd gave up four runs in 1 1/3 innings and Dirk Masters gave up the final run in 1 1/3 innings. Starter Tyler Eppler pitched five innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits.

Sam Houston got a little hope in the top of the seventh inning. Second baseman Shea Pierce singled to load the bases with one out. Shortstop Corey Toups drove in Pierce with a sacrifice fly and right fielder Hayden Simerly scored on an errant throw by the Cardinals right fielder. Center fielder Colt Atwood singled to score left fielder Luke Plucheck from third.

Lamar immediately answered with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach.

With a log jam at the top of the Southland standings, today’s contest is extremely important for the Kats, who hope to win a third straight league title. There is a three-way tie for first in the league (teams with 11 wins) and a three-way tie for second, including the Kats.

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