Feb. 16, 2013
ARLINGTON -- Andy Scott dazzled in his UT Arlington debut Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark, leading the Mavericks to a 4-3 victory over Louisiana Tech.
Scott held the Bulldogs to two hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings.
“He had a really good first outing,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “He relies heavily on sink and movement and he was great today.”
Ryan Walker broke open a two-run game in the seventh with a two-run single for UTA (2-0). Those insurance runs loomed large a frame later.
Through Scott’s five innings, the Bulldogs managed to get just one runner to second base when Ryan Jones stole. Even after Scott left, no Louisiana Tech base runner reached third base until the eighth when Jacob Derouen delivered an RBI single.
Once Derouen broke the dam the Bulldogs tallied three runs. They loaded the bases with two outs before UTA reliever Chase Weaver fanned Kody Neel to end the threat.
Louisiana Tech had one last chance to tie the game in the ninth when Sam Alvis reached third base with two outs. Again, the UTA bullpen made sure the tying run never scored. This time Brent Bollinger got the job done. The converted infielder locked down his first career save by retiring the three batters he faced.
Bollinger entered the game with the tying run on second and nobody out. He closed the game by getting a tapper to the mound and a pair of flyouts.
“We’re short a little bit in the bullpen right now and Bo is a fifth-year senior,” Thomas said. “He’s one of our better competitors and I knew he would definitely compete out there.”
Thomas made the decision to pull Scott after five innings despite having thrown just 80 pitches because of it being his first start of the season. Thomas expects the transfer from Delta Junior College in California to work deeper into games as the season progresses.
The Mavericks set out to put pressure on Louisiana Tech by utilizing the run game. They succeeded in that facet of the game, going five-for-five in stolen-base attempts. Two of those steals loomed large in helping UTA manufacture their first two runs.
J.M. Twitchell put the Mavericks on the board in the fourth when he scored on a one-out wild pitch. Copeland led off the frame by singling through the middle. He stole second a few pitches later and advanced to third when Derek Miller tapped back to the mound.
UTA struck again in the fifth when Travis Sibley scored on Justin Copeland’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center field.
Walker broke the game open in the seventh when he singled down the right-field line to drive home Sibley and Darien McLemore.
“We needed that hit with the infield in and two on,” Thomas said. “I know Walker felt like he could have played better today. He’s just one of those guys who can think he had a bad game and then you look up and see he went 2-for-4 with two RBI.”
The Mavericks look to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon when they square off with Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark.