Sam Houston State Advances in Southland Tournament with 10-4 Win Against Lamar

Sam Houston State Advances in Southland Tournament with 10-4 Win Against Lamar

first_imgSam Houston reliever Nolan Riggs picked up the win after three innings of work. Riggs, who replaced starter Dylan Ebbs in the fifth inning, did not give up a run while sacrificing two hits and one walk to improve to 3-0. Epps was driven out of the game after surrendering four runs on 11 hits and a walk while only striking out two.  Lamar starter Chase Angelle was given the loss after giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits. Angelle fell to 4-7 on the season. Sam Houston State Center Fielder Colt AtwoodOn the win against Lamar…“We don’t really like playing Lamar (because we struggle against them), but it feels good to get the win, especially in the first game of the tournament.” Lamar added its final run in the fifth inning and Sam Houston added two runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth to complete the game’s scoring. The Bearkats advance to meet No. 5 seed Southeastern Louisiana Thursday at 4 p.m., while Lamar faces Northwestern State in an elimination battle Thursday at 9 a.m. On advancing to the next round…“It’s big to be in the winner’s bracket. We get the late game tomorrow, so we get to relax a little bit before the game. And we get to play more loose; we don’t have to stress as much and we can just relax and play.” Bumpers led the Cardinals offensively, going 4-for-5 with a RBI and run scored, while West had three of the Cardinals’ 14 hits. For the Bearkats, Azar notched four hits, center fielder Colt Atwood and first baseman Ryan O’Hearn had three hits apiece. Postgame Quotes…Sam Houston State Head Coach David PierceOn today’s win…“We have played Lamar four times this year, and they have done the same thing on us all four times (with jumping out early). They are very aggressive early in the game, and they execute very well. We had a freshman pitcher (with Dylan Ebbs) out there, and I think he did a good job with giving us a chance and being able to extend and go into the fifth inning.” Sam Houston used an explosive fourth inning to take control of the game. Bearkat catcher Anthony Azar, the league’s player of the year, picked up the first and last hit of the inning as the Bearkats sent 12 hitters to the plate. Azar, who went 4-for-5 in the game, had a single and a double in the inning. His two-out double came with the bases loaded and scored the final two Sam Houston runs in the inning. Azar led all hitters in the contest with three RBI while scoring twice. The Cardinals started the game with three consecutive singles and tallied five hits in the first innings to take the early 3-0 lead against the tournament’s top seed. Shortstop Sam Bumpers, the league’s hitter of the year, drove in the game’s first run, driving in center fielder Jude Vidrine. Third baseman Reed Seeley would come around to score on a sacrifice fly from designated hitter Kyle Markum and Bumpers would complete the Cardinals’ first-inning scoring when he would cross home on a single from left fielder Tyler West. On Anthony Azar…“He is that good. He really is. He is something else. He is a great player. There are a lot of good players in this league but he is a great one.” On the seven-run fourth inning…“Our guys at some great at bats in that inning. We just tried to get the next guy to home plate and we caught a couple of breaks. They earned it, and that was a big inning.” Box Score (PDF)  |  Photos  |  Replay  |  Highlights  |  Interviews  |  Tournament Central CONWAY, Ark. – The three-time defending regular-season champion Sam Houston State scored seven runs in the fourth inning to defeat Lamar 10-4 and advance in the Southland Conference baseball tournament at Bear Stadium in Conway, Ark. Lamar Head Coach Jim GilliganOn today’s game…“We came out of the box just like we wanted to against Sam Houston. We had the opportunity to pile it on in the second and third innings, but we didn’t score runs. That hurt us. And then that big inning (for Sam Houston). It was a team loss. They are a good ball club, and you can’t make mistakes against a good ball club and expect to win, and that is what happened to us today.”last_img

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