Bearkats At UTSA Tuesday

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Bearkats will go for a sweep of the Division I, UT system schools as they travel to San Antonio to play UT-San Antonio Tuesday at 6 p.m. Sam Houston (27-17, 12-6) beat the Texas Longhorns, 5-3, in February and UT-Arlington, 10-7, a week ago.

The Roadrunners (24-19) currently sit in seventh in the Western Athletic Conference standings in their first season in the league. They are coming off of a series win over Dallas Baptist on the road last weekend.

After a sweep of Northwestern State, the Kats will play their final midweek game of the season. The team is riding a five-game winning streak and is tied with Lamar at the top of the Southland standings.

“We won some games last week that I thought really helped our team,” said Bearkat head coach David Pierce. “We came back to win late in an extra-inning game and had to make some pitches. Saturday we were behind and really got going and scored late. Our pitching has been good enough to put us in position to win but we just have that nemesis of the base on balls.”

Third baseman Kevin Miller continues to lead the Kats offensively. The senior has a .362 average with 59 hits, 32 runs scored and 24 RBI. Miller is a singles machine with just five of his total hits going for extra bases.

Senior Jessie Plumlee has proven to be one of the team’s most versatile players. This season he has started at catcher, second base, and most recently first base. Plumlee has started the team’s last four games at first. He’s batting .333 with 20 RBI and 20 runs scored.

Designated hitter Hayden Simerly and left fielder Luke Plucheck have brought power to the SHSU lineup this season. Simerly has a team-high eight homers, which is second in the Southland while Plucheck has six. Plucheck also leads the team with 35 RBI.

Reliever Jason Simms picked up his team-high sixth save of the season. He has a 3.34 ERA in 20 appearances with 32 strikeouts to 16 walks. Michael Burchett has pitched in 18 games and has recorded four saves.

“UTSA is one of the better hitting teams in the country with a .310 team batting average,” Pierce said. “They have a good overall record but they are really good at home. They’ve struggled on the mound a little bit as well.”

Center fielder Daniel Rockett is the Roadrunners offensive leader. He’s batting .361 with 36 doubles and 27 runs scored in just 31 games played. The senior has nine doubles and eight homers. Infielder RJ Perucki is batting .356 with team highs in hits (62), runs (34), and RBI (37).

The Bearkats will return home for a weekend series against Nicholls State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Don Sanders Stadium.

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