The wind whipped through the shining new stadium with the fury brought by a Canadian cold front. Fans sat huddled in piles of clothes and blankets, attempting to fend off the biting cold and enjoy the game about to begin.
Even the players barely seemed to notice the low 50-degree weather as they went through warm-ups and began their first game under the lights in their new home at the Bearkat Baseball Complex.
Despite the strong winds and near freezing temperatures, the SHSU baseball team played hard and came away with a 16-3 victory over the Texas Southern University Tigers this past Saturday.
The first inning got off to a slow start with TSU taking an early two-run lead with three hits off of the Bearkats starting pitcher Tim Gray, whose first pitch in the new stadium was a nice strike down the middle of the plate. However, the Bearkats soon evened the score with a pair of unearned runs on a TSU error and over-thrown ball to first.
The Bearkats then quickly scored four runs off of four hits to take a 6-3 lead. For the next three innings, the Bearkats would bring in just four runs before exploding again in the bottom of the eighth, scoring four more runs to put the game away.
The TSU Tigers were held scoreless through the final seven innings as the powerful pitching of Matt Heinrich and Luke Prihoda combined struck out six batters and allowed no hits. Overall, the Bearkats scored an impressive 16 runs off of 17 hits to earn their first victory of the season.
Sunday, the Bearkats swept a double-header 14-3 and 12-3, making up the rained out game on Friday.