GoBearkats.com With his two-run triple in the fifth inning of Sam Houston’s first round game against Arkansas Friday in the NCAA Baseball Championships Houston Regional, senior right fielder Jake Arrington erased a Bearkat school record that has stood for more than 50 years.
The triple was Arrington’s 10th of the 2012 season. That broke the old record of nine triples in one year set by Hootie Murray in 1961.
Arrington’s 10 triples this season also rank him No. 1 in the 2012 NCAA Division I baseball statistics. As a team, Sam Houston ranks 13th nationally in triples per game.
Junior pitcher Michael Burchett and freshman first baseman Ryan O’Hearn also put their names in the Bearkat record book with marks just short of all-time bests.
Burchett totaled 10 saves during the 2012 season including a pair of saves in both Sam Houston’s victories over Prairie View A&M and Rice at the Houston Regional. That’s the second highest number of saves in one season at Sam Houston, standing behind only Luke Prihoda’s school record of 18 in 2007.
O’Hearn made 521 put outs at first base this season, the second highest total in the SHSU baseball record book. Ron Thames set the school season mark of 529 in 1996.
Senior Michael Oros produced the eighth lowest season earned run average with his team-leading 2.52 ERA in 2012. Sophomore Caleb Smith now stands eighth in Bearkat annals in strike outs in one season with 82 this year.
Junior third baseman Kevin Miller became the eighth Bearkat to hit three doubles in one game when he accomplished the feat in a victory over preseason Southland favorite Texas State. Brandon Foster holds the school record with four doubles in a game against Southeastern Louisiana in 2003.
Luke Plucheck’s three stolen bases in a midweek victory over Prairie View A&M this year made the sophomore outfielder the 10th Bearkat to equal that feat. The SHSU record is four stolen bases by Todd Sebek in 2007 against Texas Southern.
Sam Houston ended the year with a 40-22 record. Only four times in Bearkat history have squads won more than 40 games – 1986 (45), 1987 (44), 1975 (43) and 1974 (42).
The 24 victories for the Bearkats in Southland Conference action tied the league record for most conference wins in a year.