March 1, 2008
FRISCO, Texas - - UT Arlington's baseball team dug itself a hole in the second inning and spent most of the rest of Saturday's game against Nevada trying to claw its way out.
The Mavericks did get back into the game, but Nevada answered quickly and held on to defeat UTA, 10-6, on the final day of the Southwest Diamond Classic at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. The Mavericks, who got one victory in the three tournament games, return to Clay Gould Ballpark today for a Noon game against Alabama.
Against the previously winless Wolfpack (1-5), the Mavericks (3-6) were hurt by a couple of errors and a homer in the second inning. A single and fielding error plated the first Nevada run. Another error made it 2-0 before Wolfpack second baseman homered to give Nevada a 4-0 advantage for starter Kyle Howe.
The Mavericks, who got two hits each from Michael Choice, David McCleod and Steffan Guest, weren't finished. The Mavericks made it 4-3 with two runs in the fifth, then responded to another Nevada scoring burst to tied it, 6-6, in the top of the fifth.
Mavericks starter Andy Sauter (1-1) left the UTA bullpen in charge with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Sauter allowed just four hits, walked two and struck out five, but the defensive miscues led to six runs, two earned. Mark Picca (0-1) took the loss after going 2/3 of an inning to finish the fifth. Picca was relieved on batter into the sixth.
Nevada regained control of the game with two runs in the sixth inning.
UTA got another impressive outing in relief by Rett Varner, who pitched the final two innings, allowed just two hits and struck out four.