Corpus Christi - Dallas Gallant struck out 10 as he pitched his second complete game of the season and six Bearkat batters had multiple hit games as Sam Houston defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-1 Thursday afternoon in a Southland Conference baseball game.
The victory ends a 10-game losing streak for the Bearkats and marks Sam Houston's first Southland Conference win since April 23 when SHSU downed Nicholls 11-5 in Huntsville.
Tyler Fiebrich, Taylor Davis and Payton Wisener each had three hits and Braeden Riley, Mark Hudson and Ryan Mooney had two hits apiece as Sam Houston battered the Islanders for 16 total hits.
Gallant (3-8) spread eight hits over nine innings, shutting out the Islanders for five innings before giving up the lone run in the sixth. Gallant threw a complete game in a win over McNeese on April 9. The two performances are the only complete games by a Bearkat pitcher this year.
The victory ups Sam Houston's season mark to 18-35 and puts the Bearkats at 10-21 in Southland play.
Walks by Mooney produced both the Kats' first two runs. In the second inning Mooney moved to third base on a double by Fiebrich and in the fourth Mooney stole second and went to third on an error. Kevin Miller scored Mooney in both innings on sacrifice flies.
Sam Houston exploded for five runs on six hits in the fifth as Riley, Chris Andreas and Fiebrich all had RBI singles and Hudson brought in a run with a double. The fifth run came on a passed ball.
Andreas's hit continued the junior designated hitter's streak to 24 games with at least one hit. Andreas's 24-game streak is the ninth longest current streak in NCAA Division I baseball and the second longest current streak in the Southland Conference.
An RBI double in the sixth by Riley and a run-scoring single by Davis in the eighth provided the Kats' final two runs.
Sam Houston and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as the two teams wrap up the 2010 regular season.