BSB: UTA splits a pair with Islanders

Greg McCall homered among his four hits on Saturday.

March 1, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington Mavericks (3-7) and the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (5-8) split a pair of nonconference contests Saturday at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks won the first game 11-2, while the Islanders took the series-ending game by a 7-3 count.

"Today was just indicative of our season, we came out and played really well Game 1," coach Darin Thomas said. "Unfortunately, we had to play another one. We're very inconsistent right now. We're got to figure that out. We've got to start playing better. They definitely expect more out of themselves."

Sunday's scheduled series finale between UT Arlington and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has been canceled due to impending weather. The game will not be made up this season.

UTA will resume play Tuesday when it plays host to Texas A&M at 7 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers.

UT Arlington 11, TAMU-CC 2 (Final Stats Game 1)
The Mavericks cruised in Saturday's first game, getting both solid pitching and timely hitting in an 11-2 victory. UTA starter Jess Amedee (1-1) evened his record by holding the Islanders to two runs on six hits in a 6.1-inning stint. Jacob Moreland pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.  

Derek Miller went 3-4 at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored. Gregg McCall (2-5, 2 RBI) homered for the second time this season. Travis Sibley and Peter Cuomo had three hits apiece.

The Mavericks broke the contest open with five runs in the sixth, aided by Miller’s two-run single in the inning. UT Arlington racked up 15 hits.

TAMU-CC 7, UT Arlington 3 (Final Stats Game 2)
The Islanders turned the tables on the Mavericks in game two, pounding out 16 hits in a 7-3 final. TAMU-CC broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs on five hits in the fourth off Maverick starter Justin Schnedler (0-1). It could’ve been more, but Miller fired a one-hop strike to home to record the third out of the inning, stranding two runners in the process.

The uprising chased Schnedler, but TAMU-CC plated five more in the fifth off left-handed reliever Chase Weaver. That frame featured five more hits and a pair of Mavs’ errors.

Down 7-0, the Mavs’ best chance to get back in the contest came in the bottom in the fifth, but the team was unable to convert a two-out, bases-loaded opportunity. The Mavericks did plate a pair in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run in the on-deck circle when the game ended.

At the dish, Miller collected two more hits and a run batted in to finish the twinbill 5-8 with five RBI. McCall was 2-4 with a walk.

The win gave the Islanders the series win, two games to one.




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