THIBODAUX, La. Freshman Sean Weatherford pitched the first complete game of the year for the Bearkats as Sam Houston State shut out Nicholls State 6-0 Friday night.


Weatherford held the Colonels to five hits and struck out eight Colonel batters as the Bearkats lifted their record to 23-13 for the year and extended their current winning streak to five games. Sam Houston stands 12-7 in Southland play.


Second baseman Braeden Riley led the Kats at the plate, going three-for-five. Riley started the game with a single in the first inning, stole second and scored on an Nicholls error on a Nick Zaleski ground ball.


The Kats added another run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by catcher Mark Wyatt.


Sam Houston scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by Riley, a two-run double by shortstop Jon Reed and a sacrifice fly by Zaleski.


Nicholls State and Sam Houston continue the three-game Southland series Saturday with a 3 p.m. contest. The series closes Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. encounter.


Jarret Dunnam was the losing pitcher for the Colonels, throwing 6.2 innings,fanning three and allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits.