Bearkats Take Series Against Central Arkansas

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CONWAY, AR -- Junior designated hitter Bobby Verbick had five hits and eight RBIs in leading the Sam Houston State Bearkats to a 15-6 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in their Southland Conference series finale.

Verbick, who hit for the cycle Sunday and also had two home runs on
Saturday, had four RBI in the first two innings as the Bearkats (15-8, 2-1) went up 5-0 after two innings. He had a two-run triple in the first and
added a two-run double in the second. A two-run single in the fourth gave Verbick six RBI and keyed a six-run inning that gave SHSU an 11-0 lead.

For the three-game series, Verbick went 7-for-11 for a .636 batting average and 12 runs batted in.

The Bears, who managed only one hit through the first five innings, put up six runs in the sixth. Matt Warren doubled down the right-field line for the first run and Derrick Corso followed with a similar shot to the same spot for another. Payton Seelinger's sacrifice fly to right brought in the third run and an infield single by Jonathan Ashworth scored the fourth.

Tye Throneberry went the opposite way for an RBI single and a run-scoring single to left-center by Kevin Rawls closed the gap to 11-6. However, the Bears left the bases loaded in that inning and again in the seventh and eighth innings. For the game, UCA stranded 12 runners.

Corso went 3 for 5 for the Bears, while Rawls, Warren, Ashworth and Craig Nyborg all had two hits. Rightfielder Todd Sebek was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI for the Bearkats.

SHSU starter Tim Gray (2-1) went 5.2 innings and got the win. Gray struck out three, walked two, and gave up seven hits. Grant Gatlin (0-1) got the loss for the Bears.

Sam Houston State plays host to Prairie View A&M Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Don Sanders Stadium in a makeup of last Tuesday's rainout.

Line Score

Sam Houston State 15, Central Arkansas 6
(3-18-07 at Conway, AR)
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Sam Houston State... 320 600 112 - 15 17 0 (15-8, 2-1 SLC)
Central Arkansas.... 000 006 000 - 6 12 1 (9-9, 1-2 SLC)
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Pitchers: Sam Houston State - Gray; Rainwater(6); Price(8). Central Arkansas
- Gatlin;
D. Price(1); Cloud(4); Pritchett(7).
Win-Gray(2-1) Loss-Gatlin(0-1) T-2:42 A-132
HR SHSU - Verbick (7).