May 5, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – In a pitchers' duel that began Friday night and ended Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark, Southland Conference leader Sam Houston did just enough at the plate to beat UT Arlington 2-0 in the opener of the three-game series.
The Mavericks dropped their fifth game in a row to fall to 27-20 overall and 14-11 in the SLC. The Bearcats (32-13, 20-5) kept their stranglehold on first place. UTA, sitting third, has been shut out three times in the last five games.
The game remained scoreless for six innings before Sam Houston broke through against Mavericks ace Lance Day.
The game was delayed during the seventh-inning stretch for approximately three hours and 20 minutes due to lightning in the area and picked up after 11 p.m. before being stopped again.
Sam Houston starter Caleb Smith stayed in the game despite the delay and worked the eighth. Bearkats reliever Michael Burchett closed out the win Saturday.
The series continues Saturday with Game 2 and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.