Sam Houston State rallied from a 7-2 deficit to win 13-8 over Nicholls State and take the series after two games. Game three of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Don Sanders Stadium.
The Bearkats (30-17, 14-6) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning before Nicholls exploded for seven runs in the fourth. SHSU went on to score nine unanswered runs over the last four innings to put the game away.
Left fielder Luke Plucheck started a string of four straight singles in the second to push two runs across the board. Shortstop Carter Burgess had an RBI single and first baseman Jessie Plumlee hit a sacrifice fly.
The fourth inning was a forgettable one for starter Tyler Eppler and the Bearkats. There were three walks, three errors, and just three hits to score seven runs. Of the seven runs, only six were charged as earned runs.
One of the errors in the top of the inning was on right fielder Ryan O’Hearn, but he made up for it quickly with a two-run homerun in the bottom half of the fourth. The sophomore finished the day 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three driven in.
Logan Boyd replaced Eppler after he allowed another run on three straight singles to lead off the fifth. Boyd pitched two shutout innings of relief and was credited with the win.
The Bearkats battled to retake the lead with a five-run fifth inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for second baseman Ryan Farney, who delivered with a two run double to left center. After a pitching change, Plumlee hit a two-RBI single to tie the game 8-8.
Center fielder Colt Atwood kept the inning going with a single before catcher Anthony Azar gave the Bearkats the lead with an RBI single to left field.
Michael Burchett pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter.
Sam Houston scored four more runs on five hits in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Third baseman Kevin Miller hit an RBI single to score Plumlee. Romeo Cortina, who replaced Hayden Simerly in the sixth, hit an RBI double to score Miller from first. Shortstop Carter Burgess and O’Hearn each had RBI singles.
Alan Scott came pitched the final two innings of the game allowing just one hit and keeping Nicholls off the board. He was credited with his first save of the season.