Sam Houston’s 5-run 8th inning dooms Tarleton in Game 2

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HUNTSVILLE – In what was shaping up to be a pitching duel between Tarleton and Sam Houston, the Bearkats made a late offensive push that was enough for them to take game two at Don Sanders Stadium over Tarleton, 9-3.

Tarleton starting pitcher Isiah Campa threw four shutout frames before allowing a two RBI triple from Justin Wishkoski in the fifth inning to break the scoring seal. That was the end of Campa’s day as he posted a stat line of 4.2 innings pitched, three runs on four hits, and three strikeouts as Riley Boyd came in to relieve him.

Sam Houston starter Steven Beard held the Texans scoreless for six innings, allowing only four hits and striking out nine.

The Bearkats brought in reliever Alex Havlicek to start the seventh. That was when the Tarleton offense came to life as they plated three runs to tie the game.

Corey Young doubled to right field and Jaime Perez and Bryan Aguilar walked to load the bases. Huntsville native Alec Williams stepped to the plate and delivered a two RBI single to left-center field to get the Texans on the board. The Kats made another pitching change and this time Kemuel Thomas-Rivera singled to the same spot as Williams, scoring Aguilar and making it a 3-3 ballgame.

The lead did not last long as the Bearkats snuck in a run in the bottom half of the seventh after Thomas-Rivera dropped a fly ball in left field.

The eighth inning did Tarleton in as Sam Houston went through their lineup once through, plating five runs on five hits. There were two hit batters and an error that extended the inning. The Texans made two pitching changes in the inning.

Tarleton did not record a hit in the eighth or ninth inning as Bearkat closer Lance Lusk picked up the win in 2.1 innings of work.

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