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Bearkat baseball sweeps Bears in four games

Contributing Reporter

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 01:02

Carter Burgess baseball

Alex Broussard | The Houstonian

Junior infielder Carter Burgess steps up to the plate against Northern Colorado’s Nick Miller. Burgess finished the game with two hits and a run.

Sam Houston State baseball achieved its first series sweep of the 2014 season with a game four 7-1 victory over Northern Colorado at Don Sanders Stadium Monday night.

The Bearkats went on another mid-game rally, tallying five runs in the 6th inning with support on the mound from true freshmen Sam Odom to win to take the sweep.

Odom pitched five scoreless innings with two strikeouts on the evening. Although Odom didn’t give up any earned runs, the Bearkats had defensive issues that led to Bears’ lone run off one of the Bearkats’ three errors.  

Odom came into Monday’s game having never pitched in a college game. Odom gave the Bearkats’ offense patience that they would later receive support in the middle innings.

“It was a lot of what I expected, but I really had no idea what to expect, it was a great feeling,” Odom said. “I felt really good out there. You know that one run isn’t something I like to see but I’ve got a lot of experience moving forward.”

Northern Colorado starter Nick Miller surrendered three earned runs in five and two-third innings and then was pulled in favor of right handed Kevin Willman who did not fare much better as he was the victim of the Bearkat rally in the sixth inning that sealed the victory for the Bearkats.

The sixth inning started off with the Bears giving a walk to the Bearkats and Wyatt Powell came in as a pinch runner. With one out and a runner on first and second, Ryan O’Hearn came up to the plate for the first time during the night as the pinch hitter. With a 3-2 count, O’Hearn connected for a two-run double to right center field, giving the Bearkats a 4-2 lead.

Although O’Hearn did not start on the evening, he proved to be a pivotal aspect of the Bearkat’s offensive surge.

 “Coach Pierce talked to me about not being in the starting lineup tonight since we’ve had five games in a row, letting some guys rest up, but you’re always ready to come off the bench and deliver,” O’Hearn said. “It’s exciting to help the team win getting those RBIs and just building on a good start.”

The inning would not stop there SHSU as they would go on to add three more runs from center fielder Colt Atwood and catcher Shea Pierce.

Seth Holbert would then come in relief for Odom and pitch two shutout innings to go along with three strikeouts. Jordan Church retired the final four batters securing a 7-1 victory for the Bearkats.

SHSU travels to Lake Charles, La., to play McNeese State Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

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