San Antonio, Tx - Third baseman Jessie Plumlee batted in five runs on a triple, double and a sacrifice fly to lead Sam Houston State to a 9-5 victory over UTSA Friday night in the first of a three-game Southland Conference baseball series.

The contest put Sam Houston head coach Mark Johnson two wins away from becoming the 16th active NCAA Division I baseball coach to post 1,000 career coaching victories. Johnson has compiled a 998-517-3 in 25 years of coaching at Texas A&M and SHSU.

Sam Houston (9-13 4-3 Southland) extended its winning streak to four games. The Bearkats' two top hitters, center fielder Mark Hudson and designated hitter Chris Andreas both went 2-for-5 each with a home run.

Starting pitcher Justin Jackson (1-0) struck out seven Roadrunners while spreading six hits over seven innings for the victory. Daniel Nottebart picked up the save with three innings in relief.

Sam Houston jumped out to a 6-0 lead as Plumlee brought in two runs with a triple in the second inning and two more with a two-run double in the third. Hudson's solo home run and an RBI single by Doug Oney accounted for the other two runs.

Plumlee's fifth RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth that scored Andres. The designated hitter added a two-run homer in the sixth. Sam Houston totaled 13 hits in the game.

Sam Houston looks to start Paul Spinn in Saturday's 2 p.m. game. The third game of the series with begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Bearkats return to Don Sanders Stadium Tuesday, March 30, for a 6:30 p.m. non-conference encounter with Dallas Baptisti. Tickets for Sam Houston State baseball home games are on sale online at www.gobearkats.com.

The Sam Houston State athletic ticket office in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket office telephone number is 936 294-1729.

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