Feb. 21, 2004
ARLINGTON, Texas - Varnel improved to 1-1 on the season by giving up the one run on six hits while fanning three. Mike Snapp came on to earn his first save of the season by allowing only one hit in 1.2 innings of work. The appearance was the 97th of his career, tying him for the Southland Conference record with McNeese State's Chad Clement.
UTA (3-3) cracked the scoreboard in the third inning as Josh McSpadden started things with a single to center field. After failing to put down a sacrifice bunt, catcher Brett Lewis delivered a single back through the box to put runners on first and second with no outs. A balk moved the runners with one out before Daniel Macha cleared the bases with a triple to the base of the wall in center field. With two outs, Darrell Preston plated the third run of the inning with a single up the middle.
SMS (1-1) put a run on the board in the fifth inning as Matt Weglarz started the inning with a double to right field and Jeremy Neyra followed with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. Following a strikeout, Jacob Hilgendorf plated the run with the second double of the inning to right field. Varnell minimized the damage by getting the next hitter to pop up, walked a batter to load the bases and ended the inning by making a great play to field a ball headed to center field to end the inning.
Ryan Nelson delivered the big blow of the game in the sixth inning as he hit his first career home run to straight away center field for a solo shot. The homer was the first ever hit to straight away center field in the new Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Bears threatened to put some runs on the board in the eighth inning as SMS put two runners on with one out. Snapp then came into the game and enticed a 1-6-3 double play to end to the inning at the threat.
UTA broke the game wide open in the eighth inning as they took advantage of two SMS errors and scored five more runs on five hits. Darrell Preston started the inning with a single to left center field before lifted for pinch runner Ryan Werner. Nelson followed with a single through the left side. Paul Bruder put down a bunt that he beat out and scored the first run after the pitcher's throw went down the right field line. Carey Avants then delivered an RBI single back through the box and when the center fielder bobbled the ball, the third run crossed the plate. Kasey Baker would plate the final two runs of the game when he doubled to right field.
Brent Sinkbeil (0-1) took the loss in his collegiate debut by allowing four earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work.
The Mavs offense was led Nelson's three hits and two hits apiece by Preston and Lewis. Baker and Macha each drove in two runs.
The Mavericks will return to action tomorrow afternoon against Arkansas-Little Rock on the third and final day of the UTA Invitational. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. The first game of the day between Southwest Missouri State and Oregon State has been moved to 10 a.m. due to expected rain in the area tomorrow.
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