Bearkats Rally to Claim Southland Regular Season Title

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, Texas – A ninth-inning rally and an extra-inning home run was just what the doctor ordered for the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Thursday night, securing the outright 2018 Southland Conference championship with a 5-4 win in 10 innings over UIW at Sullivan Field.UIW (29-24, 13-15 SLC) starter Bernie Martinez baffled the Kats (36-18, 22-6 SLC) for eight innings and entered the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead; however, Jack Rogers delivered a two-run single in the ninth with Sam Houston down to its last out and an inning later Hunter Hearn delivered a leadoff home run to put Sam Houston in front for good.The win secures the sixth regular season Southland title for Sam Houston in program history and clinches the No. 1 overall seed in next week’s SLC Tournament in Sugar Land with two games remaining in the regular season. The game-tying hit was the only hit of the night for Rogers, who finished with three RBI in the game. In all the Bearkats would be out-hit by the Cardinals, 10-8, but only three of those UIW hits came in the final four innings. That was thanks in large part in thanks to reliever Gabriel Sequeira who shut UIW out for 3.1 frames with four strikeouts on his way to picking up his fifth victory of the season.That came in relief of Nick Mikolajchak who gave the Kats 5.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Dakota Mills closed it out with the final three outs of the game, picking up his 14th save of the year and moving him into sole possession of second place in the SHSU record book in single-season saves.For UIW, Martinez took a no-decision despite being just one out away from his fourth complete game of the year. he struck out seven and allowed seven hits, but it was Cody Allen who fell to 2-5 with the loss after surrendering the go-ahead homer to Hearn in the 10th.The Kats got on the board first, plating a run in the second inning off of Martinez. Singles by Clayton Harp and Eric Bohnertset it up with Harp coming in to score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Chase Cryer.Mikolajchak kept the Kats out in front until the fourth when the Cardinals erupted for three runs off the Bearkat starter. Consecutive singles to open up the inning and UIW tied it up on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Eddy Gonzalez. It looked as though the Kats would get out of the frame still tied at 1-1, but Christian Gonzalez put UIW up 3-1 with a two-out, two-run double.Sam answered with a run an inning later on a sacrifice fly by Rogers, and could have had more except for a great play by Cardinal center fielder Ridge Rogers on a fly ball in center field off of the bat of Andrew Fregia that ended the inning. The Kats gave that run right back in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out error that allowed Rogers to score.Sequeira then entered with two outs in the sixth inning and picked up the first of his four strikeouts, getting the final three when he struck out the side in the eighth inning to give the Kats a chance in the ninth.Needing two runs to keep things going, Ben Haefner got the Kats the base runner they were looking for when he led off the inning with a pinch-hit walk. But Martinez would get the next two hitters out, putting the Cardinals just one out away from a win that would have essentially secured a spot in next week’s SLC Tournament.But Gavin Johnson then came up big for Sam, extending the game with a pinch-hit single and the Kats got even closer one batter later when Martinez hit Blake Chisolm to load the bases for Rogers. The freshman then came through with the big hit of the game, lining an 0-1 pitch back up the middle to plate a pair of runs, tying the game and pushing it into extra innings.Things did not last much longer as Hearn unknotted the game against Allen, blasting his eighth homer of the year over the left-field fence to put the Kats up 5-4. Sam Houston had a chance to add on, but three more UIW relievers managed to get the Cardinals back to the plate. But in the bottom of the inning Mills got it done, putting one runner on with two outs before punching out Christian Rodriguez on three pitches for the game’s final out. Courtesy of Sam Houston State Athleticslast_img read more

A Lot Of Opportunities Exist For Cutting Drug Costs Trump Health Official

first_img Kaiser Health News: As States Try To Rein In Drug Spending, Feds Slap Down One Bold Medicaid Move Stat: Top Trump Health Official Calls On Congress To Do More On Drug Pricing  States serve as “laboratories of democracy,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, launching all kinds of experiments lately to temper spending on pharmaceuticals. No wonder. Drugs are among the fastest-rising health care costs for many consumers and are a key reason health care spending dominates many state budgets — crowding out roads, schools and other priorities. (Bebinger, 9/21) Pharmacy benefit managers, the drug industry middlemen who have been derided by everyone from community pharmacists to President Trump, have a new chief defender: longtime D.C. lobbyist JC Scott. Scott, who most recently served as chief advocacy officer and head of external affairs at the medical device lobby, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, announced Thursday he will succeed Mark Merritt as the head of the PBM lobby, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, starting Oct 15. (Florko, 9/20) ‘A Lot Of Opportunities’ Exist For Cutting Drug Costs, Trump Health Official Tells Congress Joe Grogan, OMB’s associate director for health programs, didn’t specify what lawmakers can do before year’s end to stem rising costs, but one bill with bipartisan support helps generic companies obtain samples of brand drugs as part of the development process. News on the industry also spotlights a new lobbying heavyweight for PBM and Medicaid pharmaceutical spending.center_img Stat: PBM Lobbying Group Names A New President With Deep Capitol Hill Ties  This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A top U.S. health official on Thursday called on lawmakers in Congress to do more to help bring down drug prices, saying that the Trump administration had “given them a lot of opportunities to step in here.” “I think Congress can do more,” said Joe Grogan, associate director for health programs at the Office of Management and Budget. He added: “As we get to the sprint before the end of the year, there are a few things that they may take up, and we’re actively in discussions about that.” (Swetlitz, 9/20) last_img read more