ARLINGTON – After a run-rule 17-6 loss to Texas-Arlington Friday night, Sam Houston State bounced back for a 6-5 victory over the Mavericks in the second contest of a three-game Southland Conference baseball series Saturday.
In Friday’s contest, UTA jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first two innings. But Saturday, it was the Bearkats who came out hot, with Todd Sebek starting the game with a triple and Keith Stein, Ryan Trevino, and Bobby Verbick following with three consecutive singles. Stein scored Sebek and Daniel Nottebart’s sacrifice fly brought in Stein to give Sam Houston a 2-0 first inning lead.
Sebek, Stein, Trevino, and Rohlmeier each had two hits for the Bearkats as Sam Houston scored its six runs on 10 hits. Sebek had a double and a triple for SHSU.
The Bearkats added three more runs in the third inning as Trevino got on base on an error and scored on a Mark Wyatt single. Jamie Rohlmeier gave the Kats a 5-2 lead with a two-run single to complete the three-run third.
UTA scored a run each in the second, third, and fourth innings, including a solo home run by Michael Choice.
Sebek doubled in the eighth, then scored on a single by Stein to give the Bearkats a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Will Skelton started on the mound for Sam Houston, giving up five hits and three runs in three and one third innings. Dallas Gallant came on in relief in the fourth inning and held the Mavericks scoreless for four innings. Gallant upped his pitching record to 2-2 for the year, giving up five hits in five and one third innings with five strike outs.
UTA rallied for two runs on three hits in the bottom of the ninth. With runners on first and second with two outs, Matt Shelton came to the mound and struck out Choice to earn his first save of the year and clinch the victory for Sam Houston State.
Sam Houston State upped its season record to 17-12 for the year. The Bearkats, 6-5 in Southland action, stopped a four-game UTA winning streak.
The two teams will meet in the third and final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.