The Southland Conference baseball tournament was set up as a double-elimination affair, until the championship round.
At that point, it’s one and done. And Sam Houston State has proved itself the master of the format.
Thus, the Texas State baseball team, top-seeded entering the tournament, fell to Sam Houston, 7-1, in Saturday’s championship game.
The Bobcats fell to 41-15 for the season and awaited a likely at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Sam Houston, winning the league tournament for the third straight year, claimed the league’s automatic bid and improved its record to 36-22.
Texas State took a 1-0 lead against Sam Houston starter Jacob Howard in the second inning, when Lance Loftin homered on a 2-2 pitch.
After the third inning, Sam Houston lifted Howard for reliever Matt Shelton, who entirely stifled the power Texas State order. Howard allowed only four hits and no runs in 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight. Howard improved his record to 3-2.
Sam Houston scored two runs against Texas State starter Garret Carruth in the third inning, then added three more in the third.
The loss snapped a three-game Texas State winning streak. The Bobcats also had won 11 of their last 12.