WILD PITCH GIVES WILDCATS 5-4 VICTORY
Feb. 19, 2005
ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning, but not anymore as Kansas State kept chipping away before taking the lead for good on a wild in the sixth inning as the Wildcats earned their first victory of the season, 5-4, over the Mavericks at Clay Gould Ballpark on Saturday. The loss put an end to the Mavs seven-game home win streak against the Big 12 dating back to the 2002 season.
KS (1-3) got on the board immediately as Brandon Farr singled and moved to third on Steven Murphy's double down the right field line. Both runners came in to score on Jared Goedert followed with a two-run triple off the right field wall.
The Mavs (4-5) got their only offense in the home half of the second as they put together three hits and took advantage of wildness from KS starter Mitch Walter. Scott Williams started things with a double down the right field line and Cary Nelson followed with an infield single. On the next pitch, Justin Stevens was hit in the arm to load the bases and Dane Ryan drew a bases loaded walk. The second run came in to score on a fielding error by the third baseman before Josh McSpadden plated the third run with a chopper over the infield. The fourth run was scored the hard way as Brett Lewis became the second Mav to be hit by a pitch.
The 'Cats put a run across in the fourth inning as Joe Roundy beat out an infield single and was sacrificed to second base. Eric Eyman plated the run with a single up the middle.
As was the case with Walter in the second, UTA starter Michael Gardner struggled with wildness in the sixth inning Goedart started the inning with a double down the left field line. With one out, Barret Rice single through the left side to tie the game. After Gardner's second strikeout of the inning, Rice stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Just a few pitches later, Rice found himself racing home with the game-winning run on Gardner's second wild pitch of the inning.
Gardner (0-2) took the loss after allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work. He walked one and struck out three. Walter (1-0) earned the victory after allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits in six innings of work. Eric Rollins picked up the save by allowing just one hit and striking out three in three innings of relief.
Williams and Stevens were the only Mavs to collect two hits. Terry Blunt led the KS hit attack with three hits. Farr added a pair of hits and Goedert collected two hits and drove in two.
The Mavs close out the weekend against Arkansas State at 3:30 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark.