Xavier leading Sam Houston barely
After bouncing back for two runs in the second inning and four runs in the third, the Musketeers have charged back to a 6-5 lead over Sam Houston State after four innings.
Sam Houston State jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, scoring unearned runs after Xavier's John McCambridge opened the gates with an error. Jon Reed and Tyler Knight produced RBI singles against Xavier starter Danny Rosenbaum.
But Xavier charged back to tie the score in the second on a one-out two-run homer by designated hitter Bobby Freking. It was Freking's fourth blast of the season.
The Musketeers added four more runs in the third inning to knock out Sam Houston starting pitcher Brent Powers. Drew Schmidt and Jordan Conley provided run-scoring doubles to key the uprising.
Rosenbaum has been sharp, striking out six in the first four innings.
Sam Houston added three runs in the fourth inning. The highlight was a double steal that led to a run. Ryan Mooney broke from first base and appeared to stumble as he charged to second base. While that play drew a throw, Brendan Riley broke from third and beat the throw to steal home.
What could be next, the hidden ball trick?