Once again, the Bearkats had the formula for a win working as well as planned.
Backed by a solid effort on the mound by Brent Powers, seven different Bearkats got hits and Sam Houston defeated Massachusetts 9-1 on Saturday night.
"We didn't take them for granted. Picking up wins is big," SHSU head coach Mark Johnson said. "We kept adding on runs. It wasn't like we had a seven-run inning, we kept getting men on base. We got a great pitching performance from Brent Powers today. It was a good day for us."
After allowing his first hit of the game in the third inning, Powers didn't allow another baserunner to get into scoring position until the seventh inning when first baseman Peter Copa homered over the right-field wall to put Massachusetts (0-3 overall) on the board.
That was all the offense the Minutemen could produce on Saturday as Powers stifled them all game. Powers walked just two batters, while striking out nine.
"Brent threw a complete game today, which is really something that (SHSU pitching) coach (Chris) Berry has been on the guys with to think that mentality," Johnson said.
"He just kept going after the strike zone and kept pounding it. He got the breaking pitch over for a strike so it became a factor. It was a good performance. I was really pleased. I thought he did well."
Early on, the Kats put plenty of distance between themselves and the Minutemen.
Sam Houston, which improved to 8-2 with its seventh straight victory, got on the board in the first inning thanks to an RBI single by center fielder Mark Hudson.
Then in the third, the Kats added three more. Left fielder Kyle Singleton drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field and third baseman Kevin Miller brought two more home with a bloop single to right-center field.
"It seems like everybody is seeing the ball well," Miller said. "People off the bench come in and get good hacks on it. As long as you put the ball in play, something can happen."
The Bearkats kept plugging away and kept adding to their lead.
In the fifth, Hudson scored on a sacrifice fly by Miller and right fielder Greg Olson was driven in on an RBI single by catcher John Hale.
Sam Houston added another run in the sixth on a throwing error by Massachusetts catcher Tom Conley to extend the Kats' lead to 7-0.
The Kats scored twice more in the final inning for a little extra insurance. It wasn't needed though as Powers got Copa to end the game on a double play.
The Bearkats go for their second straight tournament sweep today in a doubleheader against Michigan at 10 a.m. and Massachusetts at 1:30 p.m.
"I don't want to get greedy about that. I just want us to keep getting better and to keep developing," Johnson added. "It's better to be 2-0 than 0-2. Hopefully, we'll have a good Sunday."