MAVERICKS OPEN WITH 13-3 LOSS TO KANSAS STATE IN UTA/HILTON INVITATIONAL
Feb. 16, 2006
ARLINGTON, Texas - Texas-Arlington dropped a 13-3 decision to Kansas State Thursday evening in the opening day of the 2006 UTA/Hilton Invitational at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Texas-Arlington (2-3) took a 2-1 lead after three innings but Kansas State (1-0) responded with 12 runs on 16 hits, which included eight extra-base hits to win their opening game of the season.
"Kansas State did a good job of hitting for its first game of the season," associate head coach Darin Thomas said. "We didn't get a lot of swings and misses by KSU. They were hitting everything on the barrel."
The Wildcats opened the scoring in the second inning when rightfielder Joe Roundy lined a one-out shot over the fence in left-center field to put KSU ahead early, 1-0.
The Mavericks responded with two runs in the bottom of the third. Leftfielder Kyle Thomason led off with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by centerfielder Collin Garner. Thirdbaseman David McLeod doubled the right-center field to plate Thomason and later scored on double by catcher Justin Stevens, to put the Mavericks ahead, 2-1.
The lead didn't last long as Kansas State tallied three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and also scored two in the seventh inning highlighted by a homer from Byron Wiley. They rounded out their scoring with four runs in the eighth inning.
Texas-Arlington scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth, when Mcleod punched a one-out single through the left side and later scored on a RBI-single by secondbaseman Daniel Rieder.
Mcleod finished the evening, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI, while Rieder also went 2-for-4 to go along with his RBI.
Gee (1-1) took the loss for the Mavericks, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits, while striking out one batter and walking none in 4.2 innings of work.
"I didn't hit my spots tonight and I felt like they were sitting on my fastball," Gee said. "In the first couple of innings I thought I made some good pitches and they hit them hard. That got me off of my game. They are a good hitting team."
Both Wiley and Roundy went 4-for-5 for the Wildcats on the night. Wiley finished with five RBI, and Roundy added two RBI. First baseman Chris Tapia registered a 3-for-5 night with three RBI.
Brad Hutt (1-0) picked up the victory, allowing two earned runs on six hits, while striking out two batters and walking one. Justin Murray allowed two hits and one run, while striking out three batters in 3.0 innings of work to register the save.
The Mavericks will be back in action Friday when they host Oral Roberts in day two of the UTA/Hilton Invitational. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark. There have been some changes to the tournament schedule due to weather and the fact that Illinois State will not be traveling because of it. Below is a list of the updated schedule:
Friday, February 17, 2006 Kansas State vs. Oral Roberts, 11 a.m. Oral Roberts at Texas-Arlington, 2:30 p.m. Additional games to be determined