Feb. 27, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - For the second game in a row, UT Arlington (2-3) won on a walk-off hit by Steffan Guest, this time it was a three-run homer over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure the Mavs of their first series victory of the season with a 9-6 win over Missouri State (0-5) on Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
"I thought we came out flat and I was afraid of that happening after last night," UT Arlington head coach Darin Thomas said. "We just kind of hung in there and took the lead, gave it back, took the lead again and gave it back again and then found a way to come back and win in the end. To win in conference that is what we are going to have to find and that is someone to hit behind Mike. Steffan has now done it two games in a row which is good to see."
Friday, Steffan Guest closed a 14-inning marathon with a single up the middle after the Bears decided to walk Maverick All-American Michael Choice. It was déjà vu for Missouri State as they intentionally walked Choice to get to Guest before he delivered a 1-1 pitch over the left-field wall for the game-winning home run.
"For me it started my previous at-bat against that pitcher when he struck me out on a 12-to-6 curveball," Guest said. "When I was on deck I knew they would walk Mike to get to me and I figured they would be coming eventually with a curveball and he hung it and I capitalized on it."
Freshman Calan Pritchard recorded the final out in the top of the ninth inning to earn his first collegiate win while Bears' reliever J.C. Casey took the loss pitching in 1.2 innings and allowing five hits and five runs.
Guest led the Mavericks going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Chad Comer provided the Mavericks with a two-run single in the eighth inning, which gave the lead back to the Mavs at 6-5. Comer also hit his first home run of the season with a solo blast to left field in the sixth inning while finishing the game going 2-for-3 with three RBI.
"I think things are really starting to come around for us," Comer said. "We have a lot of guys who are starting to step up, Mike can't do it all for us all the time. Steffan has stepped up twice and had great at-bats behind him."
Rett Varner started for the Mavericks and received a no-decision while pitching 6.0 innings and allowing seven hits, three runs and one walk with six strikeouts.
Choice went 1-for-4 with three runs scored and one intentional walk. Choice now has four intentional walks in five games this season.
"Wins like these are great, they really help bring the team together," Guest said. "What we did today proves to our young guys that no matter what the situation you can always come back."
UT Arlington will try for the series sweep on Sunday, Feb. 28, with a 1 p.m. first-pitch against the Bears at Clay Gould Ballpark. Prior to the game, UT Arlington will recognize its 2000's All-Decade Team member who will be in attendance for a pre-game ceremony at approximately 12:45 p.m.