Sam Houston will play at nationally ranked Houston Tuesday in non-conference action. The Cougars rallied to beat SHSU, 6-3, in Huntsville earlier this season.
The Bearkats (15-12, 4-2) finished off the regular-season sweep of the Rice Owls with a 9-3 win Tuesday before taking two-of-three from SFA. The Kats have won their first two conference series of the season.
Houston (23-6, 5-1) took two-of-three from conference foe Memphis last weekend. The Coogs split a doubleheader Sunday after a rainout Saturday. In their last midweek game, Houston lost 6-3 at Lamar.
This will be the 154th meeting between the two teams and Houston has a 77-76 edge over the Bearkats after the early season win.
“The last time we played Houston it was a game we controlled for six innings before the bullpen fell short,” said Bearkat coach David Pierce. “I know that we are better team now than we were then but they are going to be tough at home.”
Second baseman Jessie Plumlee leads the Kats with a .400 batting average. The senior started all four games last week, hitting over .500 and blasting his second homerun of the season.
Shortstop Carter Burgess leads the team with 38 hits and has six doubles and three triples. Third baseman Kevin Miller had a strong week and is batting .316 for the season. He drove in five runs on eight hits last week.
“We have a combination of several players that we feel like can impact this team,” Pierce said. “This is one of the most unique offensive teams I’ve ever been a part of.”
Probable starter Tyler Eppler is coming off of a win over Rice last week. The sophomore pitched six scoreless innings for his longest outing of the year. He struck out two and walked three.
Cougar first baseman Justin Montemayor leads Houston in hitting with a .333 average and a team-high 23 runs scored. Catcher Caleb Barker leads the team in RBI with 25 and is batting .266.
The next action for the Bearkats is a three-game series against McNeese State at Don Sanders Stadium Friday at 6:30 p.m.