Bearkat baseball gets dominated by Texas A&M, 10-0
Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2012 00:05
In a contest between two top 25-ranked teams, Texas A&M dealt Sam Houston a 10-0 loss, which was only the second shutout given to the Bearkats this season.
The ninth-ranked Aggies totaled 18 hits and were walked eight different times by Sam Houston pitching.
Senior Michael Oros (6-1) was the first of seven Sam Houston pitchers, got the start and took his first loss of the season. He pitched four innings, giving up six hits and five runs.
"It’s a tough loss because we know that we can compete with a team like them," Oros said. "Things did not work out our way."
A&M improved their season record to 32-13, while the Bearkats fell to 31-14.
The game drew a crowd of 2,032, which is the largest crowd in Don Sanders Stadium’s seven-year history in Huntsville. The previous time this record was broken was when Sam Houston faced the Aggies in 2008.
A&M pitcher Daniel Mengden earned his first win in four decisions, pitching seven innings while allowing all six of the Bearkats’ hits and no runs. Sam Houston was able to get two base runners on third against Mengden, but could not get home.
Ray Corey and Ray Parker also pitched an inning each in relief for A&M.
The Aggies loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning, but the Bearkats held them to only one run due to a sacrifice fly by second baseman Scott Arthur and a double play by the Bearkats.
Aggie right fielder Chance Bolcerek led off the fourth inning with a triple and score on a sac fly from left fielder Brandon Wood to make their lead to 2-0.
Consecutive singles by designated hitter Mitchell Nau, shortstop Mikey Reynolds, who went four for four from the plate, and second baseman Scott Arthur loaded the bases with no outs again in the fifth inning and all three would score on walks.
Pinch hitter Matt Juengel singled in another run to extend the Aggie’s lead to 6-0. For the next four innings, A&M would add a single run to their lead, eventually equaling ten runs. By the end of the game, the Aggies had 13 at-bats with the bases loaded.
Right fielder Greg Olson had two of Sam Houston’s six hits and center fielder Colt Atwood, left fielder Luke Plucheck, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn and shortstop Corey Toups all hit singles.
"I looked for my pitch and got it," Plucheck said. "I hit the ball hard three times. Two of them were just right at them."
After this loss, the Bearkats want to put it behind them and look forward to something they have had in mind all season: the Southland Conference championship.
"It was just another game and we are still focused on the championship," Plucheck said.
Sam Houston has only three Southland Conference series remaining in the season. They will travel to Arlington this weekend for a three game series against UT-Arlington. The Mavericks are in third place in the Southland Conference and are still on the heels of the Bearkats, who are holding down a four-game lead.
"The important thing is to concentrate on this weekend and continue towards our goal in winning the Southland Conference," Oros said.
First pitch against UT-Arlington is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the team, including questions about scheduling, visit gobearkats.com.