Bearkat Baseball To Host Baylor On Tuesday

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HUNTSVILLE -- Looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance in their weekend series with Texas-San Antonio, the Bearkat baseball team plays host to Baylor Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Don Sanders Stadium.

UTSA swept Sam Houston State in a Southland Conference baseball series for the fourth year in a row, winning 12-0, 10-6 and 8-6 Friday through Sunday in Huntsville.

Coming into the series with a .332 team batting average, Sam Houston hit only .291 against UTSA while the Roadrunners produced a .355 average.

Sam Houston had won 7 of their last 8 games before the UTSA series and were leading the Southland with a 5-1 record. Now the Kats stand in a five-way tie for fourth place with a 5-4 mark.

SHSU, now 14-8 for the season, plays Baylor and Houston Baptist midweek before hosting Northwestern St.

Baylor brings a 14-5 record into Tuesday's matchup. The Bears are 3-3 in Big 12 action.

"It was a disappointing weekend but you're always going to have some adversity during a season," SHSU head coach Mark Johnson said. "The guys have got to come together and focus. We're a good ball club and we've shown we can bounce back."

The week before the UTSA series, the Bearkats showed strength in the late innings with several come-from-behind victories. Sam Houston trailed the Houston Cougars 9-2 after four innings and were down 16-8 after seven. The Kats produced a 10-run eighth inning for an 18-16 victory.

Both victories in the Bearkats' series win at Texas State-San Marcos a week ago also were come-from-behind affairs. SHSU trailed 5-3 but scored four runs in the eighth for a 7-5 victory on Saturday. Sunday was more incredible. Down 9-4, Sam Houston scored five runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings, then added eight more runs in the top of the 10th inning for a 17-10 victory. Tuesday at Texas Southern, Sam Houston trailed 5-3 but won 10-6

First baseman/outfielder Nick Zaleski continues to lead the Bearkats with a .448 batting average. The senior has hit 10 doubles and three home runs. Four other starters are batting over .300 -- Braeden Riley (.393), Mark Wyatt (.355), Seth Hammock (.326) and Justin Keithley (.305).

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