Sam Houston Knocks Off UCA 8-5

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CONWAY, AK -- The Sam Houston State Bearkats got a pair of home
runs from Bobby Verbick among their 13 hits and downed the University of Central Arkansas Bears 8-5 in Southland Conference play Saturday.

The loss was the first of the season at home for the Bears
(9-8,1-1). SHSU improved to 14-8 and 1-1.

Verbick, a junior designated hitter, hit a two-run shot to right in
the fifth and added another two-run homer to left in the seventh inning.He finished 2 for 3 with four RBI.

SHSU starter Jacob Howard (4-2) went seven innings for the victory
and left with a 7-4 lead. Jason Prihoda relieved him in the eighth after the first two UCA batters reached. He allowed an RBI single to Graham Martin but got out of the inning, stranding two.

After the Bearkats added another insurance run in the top of the
ninth, Prihoda struck out the side, all looking, in the bottom of the inning
to close it out for his seventh save.

For UCA, senior Matt Warren led off the fourth inning with a home
run, his fourth of the season. He added another RBI on a groundout in the next inning. Kevin Rawls and Graham Martin both had two hits and an RBI apiece for UCA, which managed only eight hits for the game.

The teams complete the series with a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.

Line Score:

Sam Houston State 8, Central Arkansas 5 (3-17-07 at Conway, AR)
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Sam Houston State... 010 130 201 - 8 13 3 (14-8, 1-1 SLC)
Central Arkansas.... 001 120 010 - 5 8 0 (9-8, 1-1 SLC)
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Pitchers: Sam Houston State - Howard; Prihoda(8). Central Arkansas -
Ashworth; Charette(5);
J. Boone(9).
Win-Howard(4-2) Save-Prihoda(7) Loss-Ashworth(1-1) T-2:35 A-210
HR SHSU - Verbick 2 (6).
HR UCA - Warren (4).