Frogs take second game in series against Sam, 12-7

The Frogs started off game two of the series against Sam Houston State with a bang, and earned their second victory 7-12.

Freshman Matt Purke started off his first college game strong with his pitching, but walked a player in the first inning. When the bases were loaded with Bearkats, center forward Mark Hudson scored on a balk, bringing Sam Houston up by one.

“It was weird, the umpire said I moved my hands before I stepped off… but [the coaches] all came out and said don’t worry about it, keep making pitches,” Purke said.

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said Purke pitched well and got himself out of more than one tight spot.

“Kind of like Maxwell last night, he changed the grip on his breaking ball about two weeks ago and it caught for him,” he said.

A single by Jason Coats gave Bryan Holaday a chance to get the Frogs’ first run at the bottom of the first.

Two runs for the Bearkats at the top of the second, but Purke got back on his game and made a quick finish to the inning.

At the bottom of the second, designated hitter Joe Weik doubled to right center and brought Kyle Von Tungeln, Jerome Pena and Bryan Holaday all in to home, and the Frogs up to a 3-point lead.

Schlossnagle called that the biggest play of the game.
In the third inning Holaday singled through the left side and advanced to second on the throw, while Jerome Pena and Kyle Von Tungeln both got runs.

Jason Coats followed up with a triple to left center at the bottom of the fifth.

Greg Holle replaced Matt Purke at the top of the sixth, which made for a quick end to the first half of the inning.

Sam Houston State’s Taylor Davis made a home run at the top of the seventh, which put the Bearkats only three points behind the Frogs.

Another pitching change for the Frogs put Erik Miller on the mound who finished the game at the top of the ninth.