Zach Adkisson’s sure glad he came back for his sixth season at Sam Houston State. The right-hander from Wimberley said Sunday he’s having a blast pitching on a winning team for a change.

Sunday, Adkisson artfully did his part to help the Bearkats sweep a three-game Southland Conference series from Louisiana-Monroe. He threw 7 1/3 innings, allowing 11 hits, but only one run in Sam Houston State’s 2-1 victory over the Indians.

“Being in a sling and sitting in the stands doing the radar gun wasn’t much fun. I’m glad to be out here and not doing that anymore,” Adkisson said after closer Luke Prihoda nailed down Sunday’s win on a gorgeous afternoon at the Bearkat Baseball Complex. “This is a lot of fun.”

The Bearkats are having fun this season, and that appears to be one of the major reasons they improved to 7-2 in SLC play and 15-11 on the season Sunday.

In the series finale against Louisiana-Monroe, the Kats got just enough offensive production to win their third consecutive one-run decision over the Indians, who fell to 3-4 in conference play and 4-19 on the year.

“Pitching and defense wins games, and we had it today,” Bearkats coach Chris Rupp said. “Zach Adkisson gave us another great performance. We got two runs in the fifth and hung on after that. Zach was attacking the zone and throwing strikes. We played pretty good defense behind him, and Prihoda came in and did his job.”

Prihoda, a hard-throwing right-hander from Weimar who transferred to SHSU from McLennan College, got the job done for the third straight day. On Friday night, he picked up a win by throwing a scoreless 11th inning in the Kats’ 4-3 triumph over Louisiana-Monroe.

Prihoda pitched to only one batter Saturday and gave up a single to left, but again, was credited with the win after SHSU rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to edge the Indians 5-4.

On Sunday, Prihoda had to work much harder. He pitched the Kats out of a sticky situation in the top of the eighth, entering after Jesse Marshall walked in a run. With the bases loaded, Prihoda struck out Clark LaBorde, then got pinch-hitter Travis Drader to pop out to catcher Adam Perry, who went back to the screen to squeeze the catch.

Monroe’s Ben Soignier, who went 5-for-5 Sunday, got a two-out hit off the Kats’ closer in the ninth, but Prihoda coaxed Bo Bowman to pop out to Perry for the game’s final out.

“It’s always fun to win, and it’s always fun to contribute,” Prihoda said. “Coach asked me today if I was OK, and I told him I’d check. He said, ‘You’d better be OK because you’re going to pitch.’

“I came in with the bases loaded and the adrenaline took over. I’ve never thrown three days in a row, but it’s all good. If you’re going to do it, this was a good weekend to do it. Adkisson pitched his butt off. He got in one jam, so I had to come in and do my job. It feels awfully good to get two wins and a save in one weekend.”

Scoreless through the first 4 1/2 innings Sunday, the Bearkats tagged Louisiana-Monroe starter Daniel Roberts (0-3) for two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Roberts hit Mark Gilbert with a pitch to open the inning. After Jeremy Holzbach bunted Gilbert to second, Clint Mann walked.

Gilbert moved to third on a fielder’s choice groundout by Dustin Martin, and he scored on a wild pitch. Karl Krailo, the Kats’ leading RBI man, made the most of a second chance, drilling a run-scoring double to center field to score Martin.

“I thought I got hit by the pitch, so I ran down to first,” Krailo said of the pitch that got away from Indians catcher Josh Morrison, allowing Gilbert to score the game’s first run. “The umpire told me I didn’t get hit, but I know I did.

“I got the same pitch, a slider, but he left it up a little. I took it right back up the middle and hit it over the center fielder’s head.”

Krailo’s glad the home-plate umpire would not budge and give him first base when he was convinced the ball hit his arm.

“I definitely wanted to hit. I guess I wasn’t thinking about the situation, but I’m very glad they changed it,” said the slugger who drove in his 31st run with the long double to center.

The Indians outhit SHSU 12-7 Sunday, but they left 11 men on base and hit into two double plays. Adkisson pitched out of trouble three times in the early innings by getting the Indians to pound the ball into the ground. Perry also helped, gunning down two men trying to steal.

“In the first few innings I was leaving the ball up. I settled down and told myself I needed to start working down in the zone,” Adkisson said. “I’d get into situations when I had to have an out and I’d bear down and make the pitches.

“We played good defense today. Our hitting wasn’t great today, but the hitting has been pulling our pitchers out recently. We’re working together now and making it happen.”

The Bearkats head to Baylor on Wednesday for a game that was recently added to the schedule. Rupp said rainouts allowed the Bearkats and Bears to arrange Wednesday’s 6 p.m. game at Baylor Ballpark.