No. 4 Incarnate Word Walks Off No. 1 Sam Houston State, 3-2
Box Score | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – For the first time since 2006, the No. 1 seed was eliminated on day two as No. 4 Incarnate Word knocked out Sam Houston State in walkoff fashion on Thursday afternoon. Shea Gutierrez raced around third for the winning run on a bloop single from Michael Garza that just dropped on the fair side of the right-field line.BSB: The @UIWBaseball Cardinals ADVANCE on Garza’s RBI single in bottom 9th, scoring Gutierrez. 3-2 final over @Bearkatsbsb. #TheWord #EatEmUpKats #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/9P4mDZeTvg— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2019 In the top of the eighth, back-to-back one out doubles by Hunter Hearn and Jack Rogers brought the score level once again at 2-2.BSB: Hearn and Rogers deliver back-to-back doubles. @bearkatsbsb ties game 2-2 vs. @UIWBaseball. Top 8th, 2 out on ESPN+. ?? https://t.co/5qomLC9wT5 ???? @espn apps #EatEmUpKats #TheWord #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/o6jr7UxHuY— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2019 However, it was a Mickolajchak blemish in the fourth that evened the score as a wild pitch with runners at second and third allowed Ryan Gonzalez to make the 90-foot trip to home plate. In the following inning, Michael Garza drew the first walk of the afternoon from Mickolajchak and came around to score on an Eddy Gonzalez double down the line in right field. Incarnate Word advances to face the loser of game eight between No. 5 McNeese and No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Sam Houston State’s season comes to a close. The Cardinals threatened to extend the lead in the sixth, putting two runners in scoring position after a Shea Gutierrez double, but a groundout to short allowed Sam Houston State to escape the jam. Although Tyler Miller (7-3) was credited with the win after recording the final out in the top of the ninth, some credit is due to starter Bernie Martinez, who surrendered just two runs on nine hits with four strikeouts over 8.2 innings. For the second-straight game, the Bearkats jumped on top first on a two-out RBI single up the middle from Hunter Hearn to drive in Colton Cowser. Mikolajchak, who came in averaging 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings, punched out five in the first three frames and struck out the side in the second inning.