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Riley tops all-time hit mark
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Release: 04/22/2011
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Thibodaux, La. - Shortstop Braeden Riley became Sam Houston's all-time total hits leader going 3-for-5 at the plate to get the Bearkats back on the winning track with a 5-2 victory at Nicholls Friday afternoon.

Riley hit two doubles and a single to up his career hit total to 274. Riley tied Terry Pirtle's school record of 271 in the series opener Thursday night, a 7-0 SHSU loss. The third and final game of the series begins at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Second baseman Ryan Mooney opened the game with a first inning single and later scored on a Colonel error. Mooney's hit was the 200th of his career. He is only the 10th SHSU baseball player to produce 200 career hits.

Catcher John Hale singled in a run in the fourth inning and also added an RBI single in the eighth. Riley's double in the seventh inning also produced a Bearkat run.

Matt Shelton remained undefeated on the mound, allowing just three hits in seven innings while striking out four Colonel batters. Shelton owns a 5-0 record this season. Michael Oros picked up his third save ot the year, working the final two innings.

Three costly Nicholls errors led to three unearned runs for the Bearkats on the night. Sam Houston State struck first with an unearned run in the top of the first, and the Bearkats took a 2-0 lead with a run in the top of the fourth.

Nicholls finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth, as junior first baseman Blake Bergeron was hit by a pitch to start the inning before coming around to score on a wild pitch to make it 2-1.  However, SHSU answered in the top of the seventh as an RBI double by Bearkat shortstop Braeden Riley (who recorded his 272nd career hit to set a SHSU school record) put the Bearkats up 3-1.

The Colonels rallied once again in bottom of the seventh as senior center fielder Bear Comer delivered a two-out single up the middle to score junior third baseman Mace Krol and make it 3-2.

However, the Bearkats strung together a pair of hits and took advantage of two Nicholls errors to score twice in the top of the eighth and take a 5-2 lead.  Oros came on and retired six of the seven batters he faced to ice the win for SHSU.

Sam Houston now stands 27-14 for the year and 12-8 in Southland Conference action. Nicholls dropped to 19-20 for the season and 8-12 in league play.

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