HUNTSVILLE – Freshman right hander Zach Neal limited Central Arkansas to four hits in eight innings to lead Sam Houston State to a 6-2 victory and a Southland Conference series sweep of the Bears Sunday at Don Sanders Stadium.
The Flower Mound product struck out four batters in picking up his third victory of the season in his fourth college start as Sam Houston upped its season mark to 12-6.
Sam Houston totaled its five runs on eight hits and two UCA errors. Central Arkansas dropped to 7-11 for the year.
Todd Sebek continued his hitting streak on the first pitch he faced leading off the bottom of the first inning. The senior outfielder doubled to left field. Sebek scored on a single by the next batter, Keith Stein, to put Sam Houston up 1-0.
Sebek, who came into Sunday’s contest with a .413 batting average, has hit in all 18 games this season. His hitting streak goes back to the finals of last June’s NCAA Regional playoffs against Ole Miss.
Chris Houk slapped an RBI single down the right field line with two out to score Jonathan Yerby to knot the score 1-1. Yerby was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a double steal attempt that saw SHSU catcher nail the UCA baserunner at third.
Seth Hammock led off the second inning with a triple to right center. Hammock scored on a ground out by Ryan Weber as SHSU took a 2-1 lead.
Neal hit the leadoff batter Kevin Rawls to start the sixth inning. An error in right field moved Rawls to third base and he scored on a double down the right field line by Ken Taylor to in the knot the game at 2-2.
Sam Houston struck back immediately as Ryan Weber’s two-out single scored Mark Wyatt in the bottom of the sixth. Wyatt opened the inning taking first when hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a single by Ryan Trevino.
Stein walked, Bobby Verbick singled, and Wyatt was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out in theto start the seventh. Ryan Trevino scored Stein on a sacrifice fly to right field. Verbick scored on an error on the relay throw from right to put the Kats up 5-2.
Stein made it 6-2 with a two-out double to center in the eighth to score Sebek who singled.