Sam Houston State shellacks Roadrunner baseball


The Roadrunners took on the conference-leading Sam Houston State Bearkats at Roadrunner Field over the weekend, with the Bearkats taking the series in a sweep.

Friday’s contest saw the Bearkats take advantage of Roadrunner errors early on to score eight of their 12 runs in the first three innings before holding off the Roadrunners onslaught to pull out a 12-6 victory.

The Roadrunners were hoping to avoid the problems that had plagued them in their loss to the Bearkats on Friday when they took the field on Saturday.

Unfortunately for the Roadrunners, Saturday’s contest ended up more lopsided than did Friday’s.

It didn’t appear that it would be lopsided, though, as Roadrunner starter Michael Kraft began the day with a strikeout and a groundout to second base before the Bearkats struck with two runs on two hits and two walks. Kraft would hold the damage to two runs and the Roadrunners would score a run of their own in the bottom of the first to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Bearkats got two more runs in the top of the second but left the bases loaded when the Roadrunners recorded the third out.

Both teams failed to score a run in the third inning. That was not the case in the fourth as the Bearkats scored three runs in the top of the fourth to up their lead to 7-1.

Roadrunner center fielder Daniel Rockett led off the bottom half of the fourth by hitting a Caleb Smith pitch over the left field wall to bring the Roadrunners within five runs, 7-2, after four innings.

The Roadrunners didn’t get any closer as the Bearkats scored two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to go up 13-2. The game was called after seven innings.

The Roadrunners looked to avoid the sweep on Sunday. Instead, the Bearkats continued the beating as they won another run-rule shortened game, 15-1.

The Roadrunners will travel to College Station to take on the Aggies of Texas A&M on Tuesday, April 3. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.