HUNTSVILLE – After being held to only one hit in the first six innings, Sam Houston exploded for six runs on six hits in the bottom of the seventh inning to power past Central Arkansas 7-4 in a Southland Conference baseball game Saturday afternoon.
The victory gives the Bearkats the opportunity for a sweep in their first Southland Conference weekend series of the year when the pair meet for the third game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Sam Houston defeated the Bears 10-9 in the series opener Friday. The Kats stand 11-6 for the season.
Todd Sebek led Sam Houston at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Will Skelton (2-1) was the winner on the mound in relief.
Transfer pitcher Guillaume Duguay, in his first NCAA Division I start, held the Bears hitless and scoreless in the first two innings. But, with two outs in the third, Central Arkansas rapped out five hits and a walk to jump in front 4-0. Chris Houk blasted an RBI double, Kent Taylor had an RBI single, and Jonathan Yerby a two-run double before Graham Martin finally grounded out.
Sam Houston scored its first run in the bottom of the third as Ryan Weber was hit by a pitch, then scored on a double off the right field wall by Todd Sebek. The hit by Sebek extended his hitting streak to 18 games (all 17 contests this season and the final game of the 2008 NCAA regional at Mississippi).
UCA starting pitcher Bobby Pritchett allowed the Bearkats only one hit in the first six innings, but the flood gates opened in the bottom of the seventh.
Heath Pugh led off with a double to right field. Ryan Trevino singled Pugh to third and then Pugh scored on a sacrifice fly by Jaimie Rohlmeier. Seth Hammock singled up the middle and Weber was safe on an infield error to load the bases. Sebek singled to right center of the first pitch by relief pitcher Michael Wild. Keith Stein slammed an RBI single down the right field line to score Weber and put the Bearkats ahead for the first time, 5-4. Sebek scored on a wild pitch.
Pritchett, who gave up five runs and four hits in six and a third innings, got the loss to even his record at 2-2. Central Arkansas now stands 7-10 for the season.