Pair of losses at UTA drops Kats to 6-6 in SLC

Despite salvaging a win in game two, the Sam Houston State baseball team failed to take a three-game series at UT-Arlington as the Mavericks handed the Bearkats losses of 16-7 and 5-6 on Friday and Sunday.

Ryan Tepera (2-2) started on the mound in the first game and allowed nine runs on ten hits in 1 1/3 innings for the loss.

In the Bearkats’ 6-5 win on Saturday, Junior Will Skelton tossed 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits before relinquishing the mound to Dallas Gallant in the bottom of the fourth. Gallant, a freshman from Trinity High School, allowed just two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win.

Freshman Matt Shelton took over with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the Mavericks’ Michael Choice, Shelton’s former teammate from Timberview H.S. in Mansfield, Texas.

In the final game of the series, Zach Neal allowed four runs on five hits in the first inning to take the loss as the Bearkats fell 5-6.

Ryan Trevino led at the plate with a 7-for-12 performance, followed by lead-off batter Todd Sebek, who was 7-for-13.

The Bearkats return home on Wednesday to play Houston Baptist at 6:30 p.m.

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