The Mavericks defeated the Kats 9-6 Friday night.
The Bearkats (4-11, 1-1 SLC) scored three runs from batters who led off innings with base hits and their final run came on a two-out RBI while the Mavericks (5-9, 1-1 SLC) were held to just one run and three hits after the third inning.
UT Arlington starting pitcher Rett Varner(1-2) took the loss throwing a career-high 8.0 innings while allowing four runs off 10 base hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Sam Houston State reliever Matt Shelton picked up the win throwing the final 3.0 innings with five strikeouts. Shelton allowed just one base hit and walked two.
Braeden Riley led the Bearkats going 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Riley led off the first and third innings with base hits and later came around to score. Sam Houston State left fielder Jared Wondra led off the seventh inning with his first home run of the season.
The Mavericks tied the score at 1-1 with Chad Comer'ssecond home run of the season. Following the Bearkats run in the third, UTA tied the score again on an RBI ground out by Guest.
Following Jared Wondra's homer in the seventh, UT Arlington answered again as Nick Orr drove in Nephew with a fielder's choice. Nephew led off the inning with a double to right-center field for his third double of the season.
The rubber game of the series is scheduled for Sunday, March 14, with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark.