HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State could not get the bats going on Wednesday night, falling 4-3 to UT Arlington at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Bearkats (23-10) finished with just four hits against seven UTA (16-16) pitchers, but still managed to push across three late runs to climb back in the ballgame. Still, the Mavs scratched across one in the third and then three more in the fourth against Sam starter Riley Gossett, which was all that they would need on the night.
Reid Petty picked up his first win of the season in a predetermined 3.0-inning start, not allowing a hit or a run despite issuing three of the seven walks given out by Maverick pitching on the night. Daniel James bookended the game, getting a key out in the eighth to leave the tying run on base before retiring the side in order in the ninth for his third save of the season.
The Kats did not get a hit in the game until a single by Riley McKnight in the fifth inning and hit into a pair of double plays, including one in the first inning after each of the first two hitters of the game reached base. Dominic Robinson turned in the most effective night of four Bearkat relievers, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of Gossett.
Sam Houston will return back to Don Sanders Stadium this weekend to open up a three-game Southland Conference series against Stephen F. Austin beginning on Friday. First pitch of the series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. with each of the initial two games to be aired on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Gossett put up a pair of goose eggs on the board before the Mavs got to him for a run in the third, taking advantage of a leadoff double by Boone Montgomery. The manufactured the run after the initial two-bagger, moving him up to third on a bunt by Easton Johnson before Zac Cook picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Mavs broke it open in the fourth, scoring three times after the first five batters of the inning reached base. The first Bearkat error of the game put the leadoff man on and then singles from Jakob Nunez, Noah Vaughan and David Renning followed to plate a pair of runs. A walk to Boone Montgomery followed and Easton Johnson made it a 4-0 UTA lead with an RBI ground out before Dominic Robinson entered in relief and retired two of the three hitters he faced to end the inning.
Sam Houston had its best scoring opportunity of the night in the sixth against reliever Logan Austin. Both Hunter Hearn and Blake Chisolm collected one-out singles against the right-hander and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. But that was as far as they would get as Austin was able to ring up both Andrew Fregia and Clayton Harp on strikes to leave them stranded.
The Kats were finally able to get on the board in the eighth, scoring three times despite not hitting safely in the inning. Jaxxon Grisham and Ben Haefner each walked to open the inning, but a dropped fly ball by Renning in right field off the bat of Hearn proved to be the big play of the inning. The error allowed Grisham to score and two batters later Fregia brought in Haefner with a grounder to the right side. Then, with runners on the corners, UTA reliever Andrew Gross balked before throwing a pitch to Harp, scoring Chisolm with the final run of the inning.