MAVS WIN 15-9 SLUGFEST OVER #24 HAWAII
March 1, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Texas-Arlington collected a season-high in hits and runs as each player collected at least one hit in putting an end to a five-game losing streak with a 15-9 victory over #24 Hawaii in the First Hawaii Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament.
UTA (4-8) got the offense rolling in the first inning as Daniel Rieder started the game with a single through the right side and David McLeod followed by doing the same. After a flyout advanced the runner to third, Justin Stevens hit what should have been an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play, but the feed was mishandled and everybody was safe and one run was in. The Mavs took advantage of the extra at-bats as Kyle Rudy drove in a run with a bunt base hit down the first base line and Kyle Thomason followed with a chopper over the head of the second baseman for another RBI. David Newby drove in the final run with a sacrifice bunt that was successful as the throw to the plate was late.
UH (11-4) answered in the home half of the inning as Robbie Wilder started the inning with a double off the wall in right field. After a groundout and a walk to Justin Frash, Luis Avila let everyone trot home with a three-run shot to right center.
The Mavs offense came calling again in the second inning as Rieder started things with a single up the middle and scored on Adam Moore's double to right center. Kyle Rudy plate Moore with an RBI double to left center before the rain halted action for 22 minutes.
The offense continued for the Mavs in the third inning as Newby was hit by a pitch and raced in to score on James Smith's double into the gap in right center. Jerry Fisher moved Smith to third with his first career base hit and McLeod drove in Smith with a single through the left side. Adam Moore drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI single to center field.
The Rainbows climbed back into the contest in the fourth inning as a base hit and walk led to Derek Dupree's RBI single to left field. Justin Frash followed with an RBI single to left field before Smith made a diving catch in center field to rob Avila of an RBI base hit. Jonathan Hee followed with a run producing single to left field.. A walk to Matthew Inouye loaded the bases and ended the day for UTA starter Chris Taylor. Randy Cornejo came out of the bullpen and struck out Kris Sanchez to end the inning.
Sloppy play led to another run for the Mavs in the fifth inning as Smith reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. After being sacrificed over to second by Fisher, Smith broke on the throw from third on a Rieder grounder and when the return throw from the first baseman sailed down the left field line, Smith scored the 10th run of the game.
UTA pushed across two more runs in the sixth as Moore started things with an infield single just inside the bag at third and advanced to second on a Stevens single through the left side. Moore stole third as he was caught in no-man's land on a missed bunt and scored on a Rudy sacrifice fly to center field. Thomason put two runners in scoring position with a double into the corner in left field before Newby plated the second run with an infield single.
The Mavs scored another run in the eighth inning as Rudy walked and advanced to third on a single up the middle from Newby. Smith drove in Rudy with a single back through the box.
The Rainbows did not go quietly as they plated three more runs in the eighth inning on an RBI pinch-hit double off the bat of pinch hitter Adam Roberts and a two-run home run to straight away center field off the bat of Avila.
UTA got a run back in the ninth as a fielder's choice, Moore single through the left side and a Stevens walk loaded the bases with one out. Rudy drove in his fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field. Thomason followed with a run-producing single to left field.
Cornejo (1-1) picked up his first collegiate victory as he allowed three runs on four hits in 3.2 innings of work. He struck out four and walked one. Tyler Davis (1-1) took the loss as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits in two innings of work.
Rieder and Moore each collected four hits and Thomason added three. Moore scored three runs while Rieder, McLeod, Stevens, Rudy and Smith each scored twice. Rudy drove in a career-best four runs and Moore, Thomason, Newby and Smith each drove in a pair.
The Mavs return to action tomorrow afternoon as they face Washington at 6:30 p.m.