Leftfielder Luke Plucheck’s solo blast wasn’t enough to top No. 24 Texas A&M as the Bearkats fell 4-1 in College Station Tuesday. The loss snaps Sam Houston State’s five-game winning streak and moves their record to 19-13.
Bearkat starter Tyler Eppler gave up four runs on six hits in six innings of work but the righty was just a few pitches away from limiting the damage.
The Aggies scored an early run in the first inning after Eppler got a pair of groundballs that the Kat defense was only able to get one out each on. Texas A&M catcher Troy Stein took advantage and doubled to left field to score third baseman Blake Allemand from first base.
Stein did more damage in the third inning when he hit a three-run homerun to left field. There were two outs in the inning when Eppler missed over the middle of the plate.
“Really the game came down to just one pitch,” said Bearkat coach David Pierce. “Eppler missed his pitch and the homerun was the difference in the game.”
The Kats got their only run of the game when Plucheck hit a two-out solo homer to left field in the seventh inning. Plucheck was 2-for-4 in the game.
Logan Boyd relieved Eppler to start the seventh and finished the game with two scoreless innings. The freshman lefty allowed just one hit and struck out two.
Sam Houston will get another shot at the nationally ranked Texas Aggies next Tuesday April 16 at Don Sanders Stadium.
Next up for the Bearkats is a three-game Southland series at Lamar starting Friday.