Bearkats Host McNeese State

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Sam Houston State baseball hosts McNeese State for a three-game series at Don Sanders Stadium. The weekend series starts Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Bearkats (16-12, 4-2) are fresh off of their fourth win over a ranked opponent this season. SHSU beat No. 19 Houston 4-1 on the road Wednesday. The Kats have won both of their league series to start the year.

The Cowboys (17-10, 5-1) swept Northwestern State last weekend to move into second place in the Southland standings after two weeks of league play. Louisiana-Lafayette snapped McNeese’s four game winning streak with an 8-5 win Tuesday.

“McNeese has played well in the first two weekends,” said Bearkat coach David Pierce. “They’ve definitely got confidence coming in after playing well.”

Friday: LHP Cody Dickson (4-2, 3.07 ERA) vs. RHP Bryce Kingsley (5-2, 2.83 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Andrew Godail (3-1, 3.35 ERA) vs. RHP Blake Ware (5-1, 2.00 ERA)
Sunday: LHP Caleb Smith (3-3, 3.43 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Clemens (0-0, 10.38 ERA)

Second baseman Jessie Plumlee has reached base in each of his last 15 games and has a team-high .414 batting average and .547 on base percentage.

Shortstop Carter Burgess leads the team with 40 hits and is batting .360 on the season. Burgess leads the team with 12 multiple hit games.

Catcher Anthony Azar and left fielder Luke Plucheck have been the major run producers this season. Azar has a team-high 21 RBI and 10 extra-base hits while Plucheck has 20 RBI and 20 runs scored.

Three different Bearkat pitchers have recorded saves this season. Jason Simms leads the team with three saves while last year’s closer Michael Burchett has two, and freshman Logan Boyd registered his first save against Houston.

Led by Jackson Gooch and his .345 average, the Cowboys are hitting .278 as a team, while the pitching staff sports a 4.08 ERA.

McNeese State’s only conference loss came in an 18 inning affair at Lamar. The team’s combined for 17 ½ scoreless innings before the Cardinals hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 18th. Each team’s starter pitched at least 10 innings with Lamar’s Jonathan Dziedzic striking out 12.

The series between the Kats and Cowboys continues Saturday at 4 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

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