PUTMAN DELIVERS WALK-OFF DOUBLE
Feb. 23, 2007
FRISCO, Texas - UT Arlington catcher Mitch Putman capped off a four-run ninth inning with a walk-off double to left center as the Mavericks rallied for an 11-10 victory over Missouri State Friday afternoon at the Southwest Diamond Classic at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
"We just entered the last inning with the just don't give up attitude," said Putman. "We had come back from deficit's before and knew that the game wasn't over."
The inning started with a routine popout to short before Kyle Rudy drew a walk and David Newby singled through the right side. A balk advanced both runners and Matthew Otteman walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored a run and David McLeod walked to reload the bases.
MSU made a pitching change and Daniel Rieder hit a routine fly ball to right field that was dropped and allowed a run to score. Putman followed by ripping an 0-2 pitch into the gap in left center to end the game.
"I got down 0-2 and knew they weren't going to throw me a fastball," said Putman. "They hadn't thrown me a fastball all day so I was just sitting back and got a changeup that I can turn on. I don't know if it was going to get out, but I knew it was going to be deep enough to win the game."
The Mavs (4-6) pushed a run across in the third inning as McLeod lined a shot off the top of the head of the pitcher that ended up landed in left field. Rieder followed with a double into the gap in left center that scored McLeod from first.
The Bears (1-1) took the lead in the top of the fourth as Keane drew a leadoff walk and went to third on Kyle Paul's single through the left side. After a strikeout, Brayden Drake doubled to left field to score a run before Josh Mazzola delivered a sacrifice fly to right field that was just ahead of the throw.
UTA regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Leo Radkowski drew a walk and stole second before going to third on Lance Nobile's bunt single. Rudy followed by being hit by a pitch before a run scored on a double-play ball off the bat of Newby. After a walk to RJ Harris, McLeod drove in a run with a single through the left side.
MSU didn't stay down for long as Ben Woodbury delivered a solo home run to left field with one out in the fifth and Matt Lawson followed with a double to right. Following a strikeout and a hit by pitch, Clay Coulter gave the Bears the lead with an RBI single through the left side.
A two-out rally for the Bears in the sixth pushed across two more runs. Tanner Mattson started things with a bloop single to left center and Woodbury drew a walk. Lawson plated both runners as he sliced a ball that caught the chalk in right field for a triple.
UTA manufactured a run in the sixth as Rudy started the inning with his second double of the game and went to third on a balk. With one out, McLeod plated the runner with a sacrifice fly to right center.
The Mavs took the lead in the seventh as Slinkman singled to center field and Radkowski followed with a two-run homer to left center. After a Rudy walk and Newby single put runners on the corners, Matthew Otteman beat out a double-play attempt to score the go ahead run.
The eighth inning started harmlessly with a strikeout looking before things got interesting. After a walk to Christian Overstreet, he attempted to steal second when the catcher made contact with the hitter and causing his throw to hit UTA pitcher Jeffrey Nollen. The throw caused Nollen to leave the game and Brandon Endsley came in and hit Tanner Mattson on an 0-2 pitch. Ben Woodbury followed with an RBI single to tie the game and Lawson delivered the two-run triple to right center. Nolan Keane drove in the fourth run with a single to center.
McLeod, Rieder, Putman, Slinkman, Rudy and Newby each collected two hits, with McLeod and Radkowski driving in a pair of runs.Lawson paced the Bears with three hits and four RBIs.
PJ Burns (1-0) picked up the victory after allowing two hits and striking out one in 1.2 innings. Austin Todd (0-1) took the loss after giving up four runs one hit, four walks and a hit batter in 1.1 innings.
The Mavs return to diamond tomorrow morning as they take on Houston on the final day of the Southwest Diamond Classic.