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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.

Read more about Sam Houston State athletics and the Southland Conference baseball tournament at SB Nation Houston and our StoryStream here.

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