UT ARLINGTON'S LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST BOBCATS
Feb. 22, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - Two Southland Conference rivals met on the second day of the 16th Annual UT Arlington/Hilton Invitational as Texas State handed UT Arlington an 8-6 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. In the first non-conference meeting since 2005 between these two programs, Texas State used strong starting pitching and a three-run ninth inning to secure the road victory over the Mavericks.
UT Arlington falls to 1-1 overall while the Bobcats even their overall record at 1-1.
Texas State starting pitcher Zach Tritz pitched six innings while allowing six hits and two runs and recording seven strikeouts. Tritz, a SLC preseason first team All-Conference pick, faced only three batters over the minimum before entering the fifth inning when the Mavs scored their first run on a solo home run by Evan Raley to left field to cut the Bobcats lead to 3-1.
Texas State notched two runs in the second inning and one in the fourth before chasing UT Arlington starting pitcher Nathan Long in the sixth inning with one out. Long suffered the loss while giving up four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts.
Raley struck again in the sixth inning for the Mavericks, collecting a run-scoring double down the right-field line to plate junior first baseman Shane Hopkins, who made his NCAA Division I debut going 2-for-4.
The Bobcats offense continued to answer UT Arlington's rallies scoring a run in the seventh and three in the ninth to earn the non-conference victory.
The Mavericks cut Texas State's lead to 5-4 after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run homer by senior designated hitter Andrew Kainer.
Raley picked up his second straight multi-hit game going 2-for-4. Shortstop Tim Steggall (2-for-5), center fielder Michael Choice (2-for-4) and right fielder Matt Otteman provided strength in the middle of the Mavs' order combining to hit 6-for-14 in the game.
UT Arlington will continue play at the UTA/Hilton Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 22, hosting Siena at 7 p.m.
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