Northwestern State run-ruled Sam Houston 14-0 in seven innings to complete a Southland Conference baseball sweep of the Bearkats Saturday afternoon.

The loss marked only the second time this season the Bearkats have been shut out. Sam Houston lost 4-0 to TCU in the opening game of the season.

The Demons scored four runs in the first inning, four more in the fifth and sixth in sixth inning as Northwestern State totaled 15 hits.

Sam Houston (12-16 6-6 Southland) produced only five hits. Braeden Riley, Mark Hudson, Tyler Fiebrich, Kevin Miller and Doug Oney collected the only hits for the Bearkats.

SHSU starting pitcher Paul Spinn (1-3) was credited with the loss, giving up eight hits and three walks in four innings. Jordan Westra, Dallas Gallant and Michael Burchett all pitched in relief.

Next action for the Bearkat baseball team are non-conference road encounters with the University of Houston Tuesday and Texas Southern Wednesday. SHSU will host McNeese State in a Southland Conference three-game weekend series beginning next Friday.

Tickets for Sam Houston State softball home games are on sale online at www.gobearkats.com. All Sam Houston students, faculty and staff receive free admission with their SHSU BearkatOne I.D. cards. For $2, students and faculty/staff can upgrade their seats with  reserved chairback seat. Offer is available at the ticket booth the day of the game.

Bearkat fans will have the opportunity to purchase reserved section chairback tickets for only $2 during the special online only "Opening Day Sale" Monday April 5 through April 7.

For more information on the "Opening Day Sale" or other exciting offers like the "Friday Family Pack Tickets" or "Super Tuesday" Mini-Pack Tickets, go to the "Opening Day Sale" link or contact the Sam Houston State ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium. The ticket office telephone number is (936) 294-1729.

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