HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Two-out hitting was the name of the game for No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in its 4-3 walkoff victory over No. 5 Sam Houston on Wednesday morning in the first game of the 2021 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, presented by GeoSurfaces.
After the Bearkats tied the game with a three-run shot from Blake Faecher with one out in the top of the ninth, it came down to another two-out situation in the home-half of the ninth when Burts stepped in and delivered a opposite-field single for the game winning base knock.
The Islanders recorded six of their nine hits with two outs, including three-straight base knocks in the home half of the second which culminated with an infield single by Leo Markotic that drove in Brendan Ryan. Markotic channeled the two-out magic again in the bottom of the fourth, depositing a solo home run over the wall in left-center field.
Not to be lost in the scoresheet is the gem that Islanders starter John Gaddis spun with a career-high 13 strikeouts, just three hits and a walk scattered over seven scoreless innings. In his last four appearances against the Bearkats, Gaddis has 32 strikeouts and just six walks over 20 innings (14.4 K/9) with a 0.85 WHIP.
A&M-Corpus Christi reliever Tyler Miller (3-3) picked up the win after tossing the final two-thirds of the ninth. Sam Houston’s Tyler Davis (6-5) suffered the loss with two runs allowed on four hits over 1.2 innings.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will face the winner between No. 1 Abilene Christian and No. 8 Lamar at 4 p.m. CT Thursday, and Sam Houston will get the loser at 9 a.m.