Feb. 22, 2014
LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana – UT Arlington won its first game of the season in the longest game in school history, scratching across a run in the 19th inning Friday night to beat McNeese State 9-8 at Cowboy Diamond.
Darien McLemore's sacrifice fly scored Derek Miller with what proved to be the winning run for the Mavericks (1-4) in the top of the 19th. Miller had singled win one out and advanced to third on a botched pickoff attempt to set up McLemore.
"Tough, tough game to get our first one," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said.
The 19 innings played wasn't the only school record established. Justin Copeland set a new UTA mark and tied the NCAA Division I record with 10 at-bats. (McNeese State players Andrew Guillotte and James Cantu also had 10 at-bats.) McLemore's nine at-bats are the second most in UTA history.
Matt Shortall's four doubles are the most at UTA and tied a Sun Belt Conference record. The nine doubles as a team tied a school mark set in 1993 against TCU. Derek Miller was hit by a pitch four times, trying for second all-time in Division I.
The 144 total at-bats for both teams tied for the sixth most in DI history. McNeese State and UL Lafayette had 144 at-bats in a 1971 game that went 23 innings.
Chase Weaver (1-0) picked up the win after tossing 7.1 innings in relief and allowing just one unearned run. Jacob Moreland pitched a flawless 19th to notch UTA's first save of the season. The UTA bullpen didn't allow an earned run in 15 innings.
The game was tied 7-7 after nine innings. Both teams scored a run in the 14th to keep it going. The Mavericks finished with 19 hits, McNeese State 14. The game went six hours and 13 minutes, ending after midnight.
The three-game series continues Saturday with a 3 p.m. first pitch. Jess Amedee (0-1, 5.68 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mavericks.