Sam Houston State Played Some Terminator Baseball on its Opponents
The Sam Houston State Bearkats this weekend were like the Terminator. A ruthless, relentless killing machine that could not be stopped. A baseball team that attacked the base paths, slugged the ball continuously, and excelled with the glove. The Bearkats demolished highly-ranked TCU 9-3 on Friday afternoon, destroyed Texas Tech 10-6 on Saturday.
Hey, the Terminator also originally lost in the end before coming back bigger and stronger time after time
It was only until Sam Houston met its Sarah Connor, the Texas Longhorns which pulled off the late-inning comeback to defeat the Bearkats 3-2 and take the trophy as the best team of the Houston College Classic. And while the Horns did put on a pitching clinic over the weekend, the true story, the feel good story of the weekend, is Sam Houston State. The little school tucked away in Huntsville that proved it can play with the big boys.
"That's why we want to play in these tournaments because that's what we're trying to create, a culture that we feel like we can play with anybody in the country," David Pierce, Sam Houston's head coach said Saturday. "That's our intent. We've got kids who buy into what we talk about and what we do. They work hard, and they're good baseball players. The bottom line is they're good baseball players and they deserve to be in this."
The Bearkats have made the NCAA postseason in five of the past seven years and dominate the Southland Conference. But when it was announced that Sam Houston State would be playing in this college classic, alongside Houston, Rice, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech, many people wondered why Sam Houston should be mentioned in the same breath as the others.
Then came this weekend.
The star of the weekend, the guy putting the team on the map for the unbelieving was left-fielder Luke Plucheck. Plucheck didn't get as many hits as some teammates. He didn't get on base as much. He just made spectacular catch after spectacular catch in left field, two of his catches ending up among the plays of the day on ESPN's Sports Center on Friday and Saturday night.