Huntsville - Designated hitter Chris Andreas two run double and a sacrifice fly by Braeden Riley in the fourth inning helped power Sam Houston to a 6-3 victory over McNeese State Sunday at Don Sanders Stadium to give the Bearkats a Southland Conference baseball series victory.

After being run-ruled 14-1 Friday night, Sam Houston bounced back to take the final two games of the series and up their record to 15-18 for the season and 8-7 in Southland Conference play.

A two-run single by Jared Wondra and another run-scoring single by Daniel Nottebart gave the Bearkats a 3-0 lead in the third inning and the three runs in the fourth put SHSU up 6-1.

McNeese rallied for two runs in the fifth inning but could come no closer as the Cowboys dropped to 18-13 for the year and 9-6 in league action.

Brent Powers (1-3) spread five Cowboy hits over five innings and struck out five batters to earn the victory on the mound. Matt Shelton and Brandon Kimbrel threw in relief with Kimbrel earning his first save of the season.

Zach Butler (1-3) was the losing pitcher as McNeese's starter.

Sam Houston State will play host to Rice in a non-conference game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night at Don Sanders Stadium. Prior to the game, Sam Houston head coach Mark Johnson will be presented with a plaque in honor of the Bearkat skipper picking up his 1,000th career victory as a head coach last month.

Tickets for Sam Houston State baseball 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.

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 ticket link below 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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