Sam Houston State just so happened to face the league's best pitcher in the opening round of the Southland Conference baseball tournament when Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Daniel Minor took the mound Wednesday.
The Bearkats had seen Minor's stuff earlier in the season and showed some toughness against a guy who at the time had the league's lowest ERA (1.12) and also led the conference in strikeouts with 64. Minor (10-3) gave up eight hits in eight innings, but only three of those hits came with less than two outs. SHSU left eight runners on base.
Here are Bearkat skipper David Pierce's post-game comments:
The good thing for the Bearkats is they won't face a better pitcher for the rest of the tournament, but just in case they make it to an NCAA Regional, they'll have to be ready to battle against high-level pitching. Not to mention, it was those two explosive innings that did SHSU in against the Islanders.
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