ARLINGTON – Texas-Arlington exploded for nine runs in the first two innings as the Mavericks run-ruled the Bearkats in a seven-inning 17-7 victory over Sam Houston State in the first contest of a three-game Southland Conference baseball series Friday night at Clay Gould Stadium
UTA scored its 17 runs on 18 hits and three Bearkat errors. The Mavericks scored four runs in the first inning and five in the second to jump out to a 9-0 lead. Sam Houston rallied to cut the margin to 14-6 with a five-run sixth inning, but could come no closer.
Bearkat starting pitcher Ryan Tepera gave up 10 hits and nine runs in an inning and a third. Dallas Gallant, Daniel Nottebart, Adam Albright, and Jon Lindenberger all saw action in relief.
Ryan Trevino led the Bearkats at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Nick Zaleski had a triple and brought in two runs for the Kats.
The victory upped UTA's current winning streak to four. The Mavericks stand 11-18 for the season and 4-6 in Southland Conference play. Sam Houston (16-12, 5-5) has now lost three of its last four games.
Ryan Robinson (2-3) was the game winner for the Mavericks, going six innings. David McLeod led UTA at the plate, going 4-for-5. The Mavericks have scored 46 runs during their past four games.
The Southland Conference series between Sam Houston and UTA continues Saturday at 2 p.m.