Feb. 22, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – A six-run seventh inning completed a 10-8 comeback victory for UT Arlington on Friday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks had four consecutive hits after loading the bases to overcome a three-run deficit to begin the inning. Ryan Walker put in two runs on a single to center field and the Mavs took the lead after Brandon Lawrence singled through the infield. Matt Shortall completed the inning with a two-run single, and Chase Weaver came in to close the game out for UTA.
“I’m proud of the way we came back,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “It is a good win because we were sputtering there for a while. Their starter was in control and had good stuff. Once we got him out there we had a little bit of success.”
Shortall and Copeland both led UTA on offense in the game with two hits. Copeland knocked in four runs and crossed the plate once, while Shortall had three RBI. Brent Bollinger picked up his first win of the season in his second appearance. UTA starter Andy Scott went five innings in his second start, allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts.
UTA remained a perfect 4-0 at home with the win and 4-1 overall, while Northeastern fell to 1-3.
Both teams were quiet throughout the first two innings, but the bats came alive in the third. Northeastern opened up scoring in the top half of the inning after Scott’s pick-off attempt went wide of first base scoring the runner from third.
The response would come quick though for UTA. Shortall scored John Michael Twichell with a triple to right-center field to tie the game.
Northwestern regained the lead in the fifth. Jason Vosler matched Shortall’s triple with one of his own to score the Huskies runner. Vosler scored on Rob Fonseca's hard-hit ball to Mavericks shortstop Ryan Walker.
The Huskies threatened again in the top of the sixth with bases loaded and just one out. Vostler would add another RBI with a single to right, but UTA would escape the jam with just one run allowed.The Mavericks would tie the game up with a timely hit from Copeland. After the bases were loaded on a hit batter and a walk, Copeland cleared the bases with a double to left-center field tying the game at 4-4.
“I was just looking for a big hit to get my team in the game,” Copeland said. “I had not of seen many fastballs tonight so I just had to pick one out. As long as we stick to a good approach things are going to fall for us.”
The tie would not last long though as Northeastern would load the bases for the second consecutive inning. The Huskies would take advantage of an error from Twichell and load the bases on a single and hit batter. Back-to-back hits would score three runs to put the Huskies in the lead.
Following UTA's six-run inning, Northeastern loaded the bases for a third consecutive inning. Tyler Jones would walk a runner to bring Weaver in. Weaver would escape the jam by forcing a Northeastern two-strike pop up to end the inning and the hopes of the Huskies.
The Mavericks and Huskies complete their series Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon.
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