Houston -- For the ninth time this season, Sam Houston State came from behind in the late innings for a baseball victory as the Bearkats defeated Texas Southern 10-6 Tuesday afternoon in a road non-conference game.
The win gives the Kats a 14-5 season mark, Sam Houston's best start since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 1987. In 1986, the university's final year at the Division II level, the Kats opened 15-4.
Senior first baseman Nick Zaleski, the Bearkats' top hitter this season with a .443 averaged, got the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning with a three-run homer. The blast was Zaleski's third home run of the season.
Texas Southern led 5-2, jumping on the Bearkats for five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Will Skelton was the game winner in relief for Sam Houston, picking up his first victory of the season. Dallas Gallant pitched the final two innings to earn his first save of 2009.
Sam Houston State returns to Southland Conference action this weekend, hosting two-time defending Southland Conference regular season champion Texas-San Antonio at Don Sanders Stadium. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Bearkats stand 5-1 in Southland Conference play, Sam Houston's best start in league action since 2000 when the Kats also stood 5-1 after their first two series. SHSU swept Texas-Arlington in its first Southland series two weeks ago and won two out of three contests at Texas State-San Marcos last weekend.