Sam Houston State committed five errors, including two in a four-run fifth, as they dropped an 8-5 contest to Rice Wednesday at Don Sanders Stadium. The SHSU loss snaps a four-game winning streak against the Owls.
“We’ve been discussing pitching and defense for two weeks and we’ve been dodging bullets,” head coach David Pierce said. “Today we made a couple of really poor pitches with two strikes and it burned us and we didn’t take care of the baseball at all. We got what we deserved tonight.”
The Kats struggles started in the first inning when they loaded the bases with one out but weren’t able to get any runs out of it.
Rice opened the scoring with a run in the third inning and then scored in four consecutive frames. Shortstop Leon Byrd led off the third with a double, his first extra-base hit of the season, and scored after a two-out single to left field.
Catcher John Clay Reeves added another run in the fourth when he homered to left field on a 0-2 pitch.
The Bearkats tied the game up in the fourth inning. Shortstop Jake MacWilliam scored on a ground out by second baseman Ryan Farney and center fielder Colt Atwood singled to score designated hitter Shea Pierce.
The game got away from Sam Houston in the top of the fifth inning. Byrd walked and was sacrificed to second. With two outs in the inning Dylan Ebbs came out of the bullpen to replace starter Logan Boyd.
A single up the middle gave Rice the lead and an errant throw from Atwood allowed the runner to advance to second. Reeves then reached on an error allowing another run to score. A single to left field plated two more runs. In all, three unearned runs scored in the inning.
Andrew Godail and Seth Holbert each pitched scoreless innings in relief. Spence Rahm made his first appearance of the season, hitting an RBI single to left field in the seventh inning. Right fielder Hayden Simerly was 3-for-3 with a run scored.
The Kats host a three-game weekend series against Cal State Northridge this weekend. The series starts Friday at 6:30 p.m.