LONG'S SOLID START GOES FOR NOT
March 30, 2007
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - UT Arlington starter Nathan Long held Sam Houston State to one unearned runs on two hits through the first five innings, but gave up a pair of runs in the sixth inning that the Mavs could not get back as the losing streak ran to 10 games in a 3-2 loss Friday evening.
The Mavs (9-20, 0-7 SLC) took advantage of a Bearkat throwing error in the first inning to push across the first run of the game. With one out, Daniel Rieder delivered an excuse-me base hit into center field and Mitch Putman walked. With two outs, John Mark Cleaveland's slow roller to second was thrown away, allowing Rieder to score from second.
SHSU (19-10, 5-2 SLC) answered back in the bottom of the inning as a walk, a base hit and an error loaded the bases with no outs. After a fielder's choice erased the first runner at the plate, Nick Zaleski delivered a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Bearkats took the lead in the sixth as Keith Stein and Bobby Verbick started the inning with base hits and Karl Krailo drove in a run with a single to center field. After a sacrifice bunt, Todd Sebek delivered an RBI single into the hole at short.
The Mavs got one run back in the ninth as Ben Burum started the inning with a home run to right center, his fourth of the season.
Jess Marshall (6-1) picked up the victory as he allowed one unearned runs on nine hits and seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Long (1-4) took the loss after surrendering three runs, two earned, on six hits in six innings. Luke Prihoda (10)
The Mavs and Bearkats are scheduled to play the second game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m., weather permitting.