Feb. 23, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Mavericks move to 5-2 on the season after splitting a doubleheader with Northeastern. UT Arlington fell 4-0 in seven-innings but turned around to defeat the Huskies 6-0 in the second game of the doubleheader.
"We knew coming in they would be tough to take a series from," UT Arlington head coach Darin Thomas said. "You don't have long to think about a loss with doubleheaders but we bounced back and got a shutout with 11 hits and played really well. That's all you can ask for."
Game 2, W, 6-0
Darien McLemore led the Mavs as he went 3-4 followed closely by Brandon Lawrence, Ryan Walker and Daniel Garcia who all notched two hits in the win. Justin Copeland, Peter Cuomo and Travis Sibley also contributed a hit in the game. Brad Vachon (2-0) pitched seven innings and allowed only two hits while no runs crossed the plate.
A Sibley walk followed by back-to-back singles from Garcia and Lawrence put the Mavs on the board 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
Mavs starting pitcher Vachon did not allow a Northeastern hit until a two out single in the top of the third inning. Aaron Barbosa, the leadoff hitter for the Huskies, continued the threat with another single before Vachon got a grounder to end the top of the inning.
Cuomo led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single followed by a Sibley bunt single to first base. Garcia laid down a sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position. Ryan Walker cleared the bases with a two out single to extend the Mavs lead to three, 3-0.
Designated hitter, McLemore started things off in the bottom of the fourth inning with a single. Cuomo earned a walk to put McLemore in scoring position with one out. Garcia brought them both home with a two RBI double to put the Mavs up 5-0.
McLemore tagged a two out RBI double into right center to bring in Copeland who stole both second and third in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Brad Burcroff of Northeastern reached first on an error, then advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball. Connor Lyons hit a one out single to continue the Husky rally in the top of the seventh. Vachon was able to preserve the shutout with a foul out to first and a fly out to centerfield.
Zach Thompson came in to relieve Vachon after seven complete innings of work, allowing no runs on two hits. Thompson allowed one single before getting out of that half inning which forced Northeastern to earn at least six runs in the top of the ninth.
Defensive replacement R.J. Roman started the top of the ninth with a much needed single for Northeastern. Burcroff extended the Husky rally with another single before Thompson forced the first out with a fly out to left. Lawrence ran down a long ball in the gap to put the Mavs one out away from the win. Thompson got the final out on a fly out to centerfield to defeat Northeastern 6-0.
Game 1, L, 4-0
Derek Miller, Ryan Walker, Justin Copeland, Matt Shortall and Brandon Lawrence each notched a hit in the loss. John Beck picked up the loss after 6 2/3 innings pitched, with four earned runs allowed on six hits. Beck (0-1) struck out and walked two batters in the contest.
Northeastern (2-3) capitalized on an early walk and a will timed single from Jason Vosler to jump on the board, 1-0 in the top of the first inning. The Huskies extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth on a two run double from Pete Castoldi.
Shortall led off the bottom of the second inning with a double and reached third after Jake Pinchback grounded out to the first basemen. He would be the only Maverick to reach third base in the 3-0 loss to Northeastern.
The Mavs had a chance again as Walker reached first and advanced Miller to second on a one-out single down the left field line. The bottom of the sixth inning threat would end there after Copeland hit into a double play.
In the top of the seventh inning, Northeastern put another run on the board after a two out double from Vosler drove in Michael Foster who was Beck’s first hit batter of the game. Tyler Jones, who came in to pitch for Beck, walked one Husky before getting a ground out to end the top of the inning.
The Mavericks were retired in the bottom of the seventh to end the first game of the doubleheader.
The Mavericks return to action on Friday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark. UT Arlington will host Houston Baptist in their opening game of the UTA Hilton Invitational.