Braeden Riley's bases loaded single to left center with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning brought in the winning run as Sam Houston defeated Baylor 3-2 in a non-conference baseball game at Don Sanders Stadium Tuesday night.
The single marked Riley's 255th career hit, tying the senior for second place in all-time Sam Houston total hits with Kelly Eddlemon who played in 1997-2000. Riley now stands 16 hits behind all-time SHSU leader Terry Pirtle who produced 271 career hits from 1984 to 1987. The hit scored Ryan Mooney who reached first on an infield error.
Michael Burchett (3-1) was the winning pitcher for Sam Houston, pitching one and third innings in relief.
Brooks Pinckard (2-2), Baylor's fifth pitcher, took the loss. Sam Houston loaded the bases in the 10th on a single by Greg Olson, an Baylor fielding error and a walk by Chris Andreas.
Third baseman Jake Miller got things started for the Bears in the top of the second inning. Miller singled up the middle with one out then scored on a double to left center by center fielder Chris Slater.
An RBI double by designated hitter Josh Lundy off the wall in left center in the top of the fifth inning brought in Baylor's second run.
Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg gave up only one hit in his allotted three innings of work. The right hander struck out four Bearkat batters. Relief pitchers Dillon Newman and Trae Davis kept the Bearkats scoreless for the next four innings.
The Bearkats threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning when catched Doug Oney bunted for a single and moved to third on a double down the left field line by third baseman Kevin Miller. But left fielder Jake Arrington struck out and right fielder Greg Olson grounded out to first base.
Second baseman Ryan Mooney's shot off pitcher Max Garner's shoulder rolled into left field for a double, scoring Olson who had singled to put SHSU on the board in the bottom of the eighth. Mooney reached third base on a ground out then scored to knot the game 2-2 on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Mark Hudson.
Kat starter freshman Cody Dickson struck out seven Bears in five innings. Caleb Smith took over on the mound in the sixth inning, posting five strike outs in three and two thirds innings.
Sam Houston returns to Southland Conference action with a three-game series against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., beginning Friday night. The Bearkats' next home game will be Tuesday, April 12, when SHSU plays host to the University of Houston Cougars.
Tickets to all Sam Houston home baseball games are on sale now online at www.gobearkats.com/tickets or at the SHSU athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ticket office telephone number is (936) 294-1729.