Sam Houston State’s victory sets up epic rematch with TCU

06/01/2014 5:50 PM

06/01/2014 5:57 PM

After a heartbreaking, 22-inning marathon with TCU that ended at 2:30 in the morning, Sam Houston State came back to Lupton Stadium 12 hours later and eliminated Siena 9-2 on Sunday in the Fort Worth Regional.

Sam Houston chased Saints starter Bryan Goossens out of the second after Ryan Farney singled in Colt Atwood to give the Bearkats a five-run lead.

The Bearkats (43-18) mustered just nine hits in 70 plate appearances against TCU, but collected off six hits and scored five in the second inning versus Siena.

Bearkats coach David Pierce, who was ejected in the 21st inning earlier Sunday morning, changed his lineup, which didn’t include Luke Plucheck.

An irate Plucheck was also ejected in the 21st after being called for interference on a double play attempt.

Atwood recorded his first hit of the regional after missing out on his first 13 plate appearances and drove in two during the second. Batting in the ninth spot after leading off the first two games, Atwood added an RBI in the eighth.

Sam Odom pitched an effective 5 2/3 innings for Sam Houston, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out two.

Bearkats catcher Anthony Azar, who caught all 22 innings against TCU, came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and drove a two-run double off the left-center wall to give Sam Houston a 7-2 lead.

Dan Swain helped get Siena on the board when his two-run double in the fourth cut the Saints’ deficit to 5-2.

Siena (27-33) couldn’t quite get over the hump, ending its hopes for its second-ever postseason win after winning its first against Dallas Baptist on Saturday.

The Bearkats get another chance against TCU at 7 p.m. Sunday. They’ll have to beat the Horned Frogs twice (one on Monday) to win the region.

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