CONWAY, AR Sam Houston State pitchers Sean Weatherford and Guillaume Duguay combined to strike out 22 batters as the Bearkats defeated Central Arkansas 7-2 Friday night in a Southland Conference baseball game.

The 22 strike outs is the most in one game by Sam Houston, breaking a 35-year old record was set in 1974 when Ron Kainer fanned 20 batters vs. Adams State.

Weatherford (6-5) was the game-winner, striking out 12 of the 25 batters he faced in the first five innings. Duguay earned his first save of the season, striking out 10 batters in the final four innings.

Weatherford’s 12 strike outs ties as the third highest individual single game figure in Sam Houston history. Also striking out 12 batters in one game were Greg Kubes and Daniel Boedeker in 1997 and Ryan Baily in 1998. Jesse Marshall stuck out 13 vs. Lamar in 2005.

Sam Houston State had to battle from behind after the Bears’ Dillon Smith blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to put UCA up 2-0.

Mark Wyatt’s home run started the scoring for the Bearkats in the top of the second. Adam DeLaGarza’s double tied the game 2-2 in the fourth. Tyler Knight hit a run-scoring single for the go-ahead tally in the top of fifth inning. Jon Reed scored on the player after getting on base on a single.

A run-scoring double by Daniel Nottebart started a three-run eighth inning and Sam Houston added another insurance run in the ninth as the Kats totaled 11 hits.

Sam Houston upped its season record to 30-20 and its Southland mark to 16-12 with the win. Central Arkansas dropped to 18-27 for the year and 9-19 in league action.

The two teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday in the second contest of the three-game Southland series.