2012 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament: Sam Houston State Eliminated

The Sam Houston State Bearkats had high expectations coming into the Southland Conference baseball tournament. But eight-seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi seemed to have different plans for the league's regular season champion.

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2012 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament: Sam Houston State Eliminated

Sam Houston State began the day going up against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a chance to get pay back after losing the opening game to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. This time around the stakes were higher since the loser of this game would be eliminated.

Sam Houston State got out to an early 3-0 lead as their pitching was dominant through five innings, but in the top of the sixth inning Texas A&M-Corpus Christi came back to tie the game by scoring three runs in the inning.

The game remained tied at three up until the bottom of the ninth, but Sam Houston State's Anthony Azar hit a walk-off home run to win 4-3. With the win Sam Houston State advanced to the semifinals on Friday afternoon to take on No. 4 seeded University of Texas at Arlington.

Playing two games in one day was too much for Sam Houston State as they lost to UT-Arlington 7-6 and were eliminated from the conference tournament. UT-Arlington got to an early 2-0 and then 5-2 lead through six innings, but in the seventh and eight innings Sam Houston State scored four runs to lead 6-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

The game was won when UT-Arlington right fielder Preston Beck had his first hit of the game which happened to be a walk-off home run to give UT-Arlington a 7-6 win to eliminate Sam Houston State from the conference tournament.

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2012 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament: Sam Houston State Gets Rematch With Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

The 2012 Southland conference baseball tournament rolls on and top-seeded Sam Houston State moved on by defeating McNeese State 5-1 in Thursday's elimination game. Now, Sam Houston State gets to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in another elimination game.

These two teams played in the opening round and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi upset Sam Houston State 9-2. The winner of this game will have to play a second game on Friday which will be against No. 4 seeded UT Arlington at 4 p.m.

Here is Friday's tournament schedule (all times central):

• Game 9: No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. No. 1 Sam Houston State, 9 a.m.
• Game 10: No. 3 Texas State vs. No. 6 Stephen F. Austin, Noon
• Game 11: Winner Game 9 vs. No. 4 UT Arlington, 4 p.m.
• Game 12: No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana vs. Winner Game 10, 7 p.m.

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2012 Southland Conference Tournament, Final Score: Sam Houston State 7, McNeese State 1

With their backs against the wall after a surprising loss to No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Southland Conference regular season champion and No. 1 seed Sam Houston State rebounded with a strong effort in early Thursday action.

The Bearkats, who were facing possible elimination from the post-season, defeated McNeese State 7-1.

The game was scoreless through the first five innings, as Sam Houston State's Justin Jackson and McNeese State's Tyler McDonald had no early trouble against either offense.

The Bearkats opened up the game in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of two Cowboys errors and some timely hitting to chase McDonald and give him his fourth loss of the season.

That was more than enough run support for Jackson, who finished with a complete game, giving up only 5 hits and 1 earned run in 9 innings while striking out 6 and walking 0.

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2012 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament: Sam Houston State Facing Elimination

The second day of the 2012 Southland Conference tournament starts off early Thursday morning and since Sam Houston State was upset by No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday they are in the early game on Thursday.

Sam Houston State is facing No. 5 seeded McNeese State in an elimination game. This game is very important for Sam Houston State if they want to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament. Sam Houston State went 2-1 against McNeese State this season.

Below is Thursday's schedule all games can be streamed for free on SLC NOW (all times Central):

  • Game 5: No. 1 Sam Houston State vs. No. 5 McNeese State, 9 a.m.
  • Game 6: No. 6 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 7 Central Arkansas 12 p.m.
  • Game 7: No. 4 UT Arlington vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4 p.m.
  • Game 8: No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana vs. No. 3 Texas State, 7 p.m.

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2012 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament: Sam Houston State Could Still Advance To NCAA

Despite losing to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in the opening round of the Southland Conference baseball tournament Wednesday afternoon, the Sam Houston State Bearkats are still a viable contender for an NCAA Regional spot.

A couple of Regional projections recently had the Bearkats playing at the Waco Regional hosted by Baylor.

SHSU not only won the regular season conference title, but also swept a nationally-ranked team (Texas State) in the process with another victory over a ranked opponent (Rice) to its cred as well.

The Bobcats were ranked No. 23 when the Bearkats swept them at Don Sanders Stadium in March. Rice was ranked No. 9 when the Bearkats traveled to Houston and came up with a 2-1 victory.

This keeps SHSU in the top 50 in RPI, ranked No. 49.

History wasn't on the Bearkats side coming into this tournament anyway, considering only two regular season champions have gone on to win the conference tournament in the event's 20-year history.

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2012 Southland Conference Tournament: Sam Houston State Falls 9-2 Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi In Opening Round

The Sam Houston State Bearkats had high expectations coming into the Southland Conference baseball tournament. But eight-seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi seemed to have different plans for the league's regular season champion.

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