San Antonio - Two UTSA errors that resulted in six unearned runs in a pair of early four-run innings for the Bearkats powered Sam Houston State to its sixth consecutive victory in the first contest of a three-game Southland Conference weekend series Friday night.
Sam Houston defeated UTSA 12-6 as the Bearkats up their season record to 17-9 and lead the Southland Conference with an 8-2 league mark. UTSA dropped to 11-15 for the year and 3-7 in the Southland.
UTSA's problems started in the top of the first inning when a bases loaded error on a ground ball by Ryan O'Hearn resulted in two Kat runs. A pair of runs on a Kevin Miller ground out and a Jake Arrington sacrifice fly put SHSU up four runs before a single Roadrunner had batted.
Again in the third inning an error sparked another four-run Bearkat inning. Sam Houston added two runs in the sixth inning and another in the eighth. UTSA made a comeback attempt with five runs on three hits and a Bearkat error in the bottom of the third inning and another run in the fourth.
Anthony Azar led the SHSU hit parade, going 4-for-6 with an RBI triple. Jake Arrington was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs including a run-scoring triple in the third inning. Kevin Miller had three RBIs.
Four pitchers worked on the mound for Sam Houston with starter Cody Dickston working two innings, Taylor Holt going three innings in relief, Jordan Bunch pitching in the sixth and Allen Scott working the final three innings.
Casey Selson was the losing pitcher for UTSA, giving up 10 runs and 11 hits in five and one third innings.
Sam Houston and UTSA will meet in the second game of the series Saturday at 2 p.m. The third and final game of the series will be played Sunday.