Kats Clinch Berth In SLC Baseball Tourney

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Back to back doubles in the sixth inning by third baseman Austin Boggs and first baseman Nick Zaleski produced the winning run as Sam Houston State came from behind to defeat Southeastern Louisiana 9-5 to sweep a Southland Conference weekend series with the Lions.

Boggs led the Bearkats at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a double,
and a single.

With the victory, Sam Houston's fourth series sweep this season, the
Bearkats clinched their first Southland Conference post-season tournament berth since 2000. Sam Houston State (33-19, SLC 17-10) completes SLC action next weekend with a road series against Stephen F. Austin.

The Lions jumped out 2-0 in the third inning as catcher Matthew Schexnayder hit a two-run single to right field to score designated hitter Chase Burch and first baseman Dillon Sudduth who both singled.

Designated hitter Karl Krailo hit a two-run single to give Sam Houston State the lead in a five-run third inning. Center fielder Keith Stein and Boggs each had RBI singles and left fielder Bobby Verbick walked with the bases loaded as Sam Houston went up 5-2.

Southeastern Louisiana cut the maring to 5-3 in the fourth inning as
shortstop Scott Viator was hit by a pitch, went to second on an error, then scored when second baseman Richard Imhoff walked with the bases loaded.

Sudduth tied the contest 5-5 with a two-run single to right to score right
fielder Page Booker who was hit by a pitch and Viator who singled.

Zaleski's double to right field in the sixth scored Boggs to put Sam Houston up 6-5. Stein added an RBI single in the seven and the Bearkats scored two more in the seventh on an RBI triple by Boggs and a run-scoring single by Zaleski.

Luke Prihoda (4-3) was the winning pitcher in relief for Sam Houston. Brent Varnado (6-3) was the loser for the Lions who dropped to 31-21 for the season and 13-14 in Southland action.

LINE SCORE:

Sam Houston St 9, Southeastern LA 6 (May 13, 2007 at Huntsville, TX)
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Southeastern LA..... 002 120 010 - 6 11 5 (31-21, 13-14 SLC)
Sam Houston St...... 005 002 20X - 9 11 1 (33-19, 17-10 SLC)
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Pitchers: Southeastern LA - LeBlanc, R.; Varnado, B.(3); Province, C.(6).
Sam Houston St -
Lindenberger; Baker(2); Springer(4); Gray(4); Price(5); Prihoda(6);
Albright(9).
Win-Prihoda(4-3) Loss-Varnado, B.(6-3) T-3:19 A-196
Lindenberger faced 1 batter in the 2nd.
Springer faced 3 batters in the 4th.