HUNTSVILLE, TX –Rightfielder Matt Murphy had a pair of two-run doubles to lead the Houston Cougars to a 14-8 non-conference baseball victory Wednesday night at Don Sanders Stadium.
Houston upped their season record to 10-5, scoring the 14 runs on 18 hits and three Bearkat errors. The Cougars collected six doubles and a triple. Sam Houston dropped to 9-6, scoring on 11 hits, one UH error, and 10 Cougar walks,
Todd Sebek started the game with a single and added a fifth inning double to keep his hitting streak alive. Sebek has hit safely in each of the Bearkats’ 15 games this season and has a 16-game streak going back to Sam Houston’s regional final loss to Ole Miss last June.
Austin Goolsby’s two-run double ignited a four-run second inning and Ryan Leonard blasted a two-run single to right field in the third to put the Cougars up 6-2.
Mark Wyatt smashed a two-run double in the gap in left center to put Sam Houston on the board in the fourth inning. The double scored Keith Stein and Bobby Verbick who started the inning with bases-on-balls.
The Cougars lengthened their lead to 7-2 on a double by Ryan Lormand and two errors.
Verbick added another run for Sam Houston in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single.
Houston added three runs in the top of the seventh to extend their margin to 10-3.
Mark Wyatt, Seth Hammock, and Jamie Rohlmeier started the bottom of the eighth with three consecutive singles to add a fourth run to the Bearkats’ total. With one out, Sebek walked to load the bases. Stein grounded out to score Hammock.
Cody Springer started on the mound, giving up six hits and si.x runs in two innings, striking out two. Dallas Gallant gave up only one hit in the next three innings. Spencer Parish, Matt Shelton, Adam Albright, Zac Baker, Jon Lindenberger , and Casey Springer also pitched in relief for the Kats.
Sam Houston State opens Southland Conference play with a three-game series against Central Arkansas this weekend. The Bearkats play host to Central Arkansas at Sanders Stadium with the first game Friday starting at 6:30 p.m.