HUNTSVILLE – Right fielder Phillip Freeman went 4-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Southeastern Louisiana to a 13-6 victory over Sam Houston State, giving the Lions a three-game Southland series series this weekend at Don Sanders Stadium.
Southeastern Louisiana (26-17, SLC 15-9) moved past Sam Houston (28-16, SLC 14-10) into second place in the Southland Conference thanks to the series sweep. The Bearkats dropped into a tie for third place.
First baseman Joe Sparacino also had three RBIs for the Lions, going 2-for-4, as Southeastern Louisiana totaled 18 hits in the victory.
The Lions opened the scoring with two runs in the fourth on an RBI single by third baseman Chris Ernest and a sacrifice fly by right fielder Philip Freeman.
Southeastern Louisiana added three more runs in the fifth on an RBI double by leftfielder Brandon Street and run-scoring singles by catcher Josh Cryer and first baseman Joe Sparacino.
Sam Houston scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth as catcher Mark Wyatt blasted an RBI double down the left field line and designated hitter Jordan Bunch brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.
A two-run single by Sparacino sparked a six-run sixth inning for the Lions as they built an 11-2 lead.
Sam Houston added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on RBI singles by Tyler Knight and Mark Wyatt. The third run scored on a wild pitch.
Braeden Riley extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the first inning.
Brent Powers (2-1) was the losing pitcher for Sam Houston State, giving up eight hits and five runs in five innings. He struck out three Lions. Ryan Tepera and Guillaume Duguay pitched in relief.
Sam Houston State will play host to Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the Bearkats’ final midweek non-conference home game of the 2009 season.