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May 14, 2014

BEARKATS BASEBALL — Texas A&M ends Sam Houston State winning streak, Kats lose 3-1

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The Bearkats’ three-week long winning streak came to an end Tuesday night.
After 26th-ranked Sam Houston State scored the first run of the game, Texas A&M rallied for two runs in the second and one in the third. 
The Kats couldn’t counter despite getting plenty of runs on base, plus a solid starting pitching performance from Dylan Ebbs, and lost 3-1 snapping their 11-game winning streak.
“(The winning streak) was fun. We were hitting the way we were supposed to be hitting and everything was rolling the way we wanted it to,” Sam Houston right fielder Travis Lee said. 
“We played pretty well, but we just gave up some early runs. I thought we played pretty well.”
The Bearkats (37-15 overall) struck first in the top of the second.
Kats shortstop Corey Toups kicked the inning off with a single through the left side of the infield. Second baseman Shea Pierce then walked and left fielder Luke Plucheck moved runners into scoring position with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt down the third-base line.
Lee drove in the first run of the game with a short chopper toward first base.
The ball was hit too shallow and slow enough for Aggies first baseman Cole Lankford to make a play at home, allowing Toups to score, but got the out at first.
Texas A&M (32-21) responded in the bottom of the inning. A one-out double to left-center field by catcher Troy Stein gave the Aggies a pair of runners in scoring position. Left fielder Jace Statum, batting in the No. 8 spot, roped a liner past Toups into center field. Texas A&M got two runs across to take the lead for good.
The Aggies added to their lead in the third. With two outs and runners on the corners, designated hitter Ryne Birk connected for a single through the right side of the infield to score Lankford from third. The inning and the damage ended when Lee gunned out right fielder Nick Banks attempting to advance from first to third on the play.

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