HUNTSVILLE — The Sam Houston State University baseball team swept a three-game Southland Conference series from Louisiana-Monroe this weekend to move into a second place tie in the league with Lamar both with 7-2 records. Texas-Arlington leads the league with a 7-0 mark.
Karl Krailo’s RBI double and a run by Mark Gilbert scored on a wild pitch in a two-run fifth inning provided the winning margin for Sam Houston State as the Bearkats defeated Louisiana-Monroe 2-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of their Southland Conference series with the Indians at the new Bearkat Baseball Complex.
Sam Houston State (15-11, SLC 7-2) benefited from another strong showing by closer Luke Prihoda who came to the mound with the bases loaded and one-run across in the top of the eighth inning and retired five of the six batters he faced in the final inning and two thirds. Prihoda, who got the victories in relief in 4-3 and 5-4 wins Friday and Saturday, picked up his third save of the season Sunday.
Zach Adkisson (3-0) was the winner, spreading out 11 Indian hits in seven and a third innings while striking out five Louisiana-Monroe batters.
Saturday Aaron Cook’s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Tyson Mire as the Bearkats rallied for two runs to defeat Louisiana-Monroe 5-4.
Sam Houston State (14-11, SLC 6-2) rallied from a three-run deficit for the second day in a row to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Louisiana-Monroe (4-18, SLC 3-3) loaded the bases with back-to-back errors on sacrifice attempts in the ninth. Ryan Trevino grounded out to shortstop to score Dustin Martin. The Indians lost Friday’s game on an error in the ninth as well.
Luke Prihoda (3-2) picked up his second victory in two days, pitching a third of an inning in relief. Casey Springer went the first six innings and Jesse Marshall pitched two and a third in relief.
Sam Houston State scored its five runs on 12 hits and three Monroe errors. Martin was three for five at the plate with one RBI to lead the Kats at the plate.
Josh Morrison led the Indians, going two for five with an RBI. Jared Heinnings (1-2) was the loser in relief.
The Bearkats also came from three runs down in Friday’s game to win 4-3 in 11 innings.