ARLINGTON, Texas -- After rallying to take a two-run lead in the sixth inning, UTA allowed Wright State two-run innings in the eighth and ninth to suffer an 8-6 loss in the series opener, on Friday evening at Clay Gould Ballpark.
UTA (3-4) fell behind to the red-hot Wright State (4-5) Raiders after the second inning, allowing a three-run homer in the first and a one-run second. The Mavs rallied with a five-run sixth to take a 6-4 lead but a pair of two-run frames from the Raiders handed the Mavs a two-run loss.
ON THE MOUND
UTA starter Ka'ikepono Anderson (0-0) worked seven innings, allowing eight hits and four runs – three earned – walking one and striking out two. He allowed a three-run homer in the first and a run in the second before settling down and throwing up five straight shutout innings.
Drew Gooch took over to open the eighth inning with a two-run lead, getting an out but exiting with the bases loaded and one out after a hit and two walks. UTA called on Daniel James with the bases juiced and one out. James was victimized by a misplayed, inning-ending double play ball but escaped the eighth without surrendering the lead, keeping it at 6-6.
Wright State starter Ryan Weiss (1-0) worked 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs, walking one and striking out four. Jason Foster escaped the sixth inning, XXXX
LEADING THE MAVS
UTA collected eight hits in the game, getting a two-hit game from Will Olson, with the Sherman, Texas native belting his first homer of the year and the third of his career. UTA also got hits from RJ Williams, Noah Vaughan, Omar Salinas, Christian Hollie, Jakob Nunez and Josh Minjarez.
The series will resume on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT at Clay Gould Ballpark. The game will be broadcast live on UTAMavs.com, with Samuel Hale voicing the action. UTA will start senior lefty Brad Vassar (1-0, 2.45 ERA) in his first start of the year.
HOW THEY SCORED
Wright State struck for three in the top of the first inning, getting a leadoff runner on and putting runners on the corners after a fielding error and a one-out single Gabe Snyder then belted a three-run homer over the right-centerfield fence for his first of the year.
UTA got a run back to cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning with Olson ripping his first homer of the year, a blast over the rightfield fence.
The Mavs rallied from behind to take the lead, getting a leadoff double from Williams down the leftfield line. After a pair of outs, Hollie doubled down the rightfield line, scoring Williams. Olson then smashed a first-pitch RBI single into right to score Hollie, with Olson taking second on a walk from Cook. Nunez then tied the game with a single into leftfield to score Olson from second base. Minjarez followed with a two-run double, painted down the leftfield line, to score Nunez and Cook.
Wright State evened up the game in the eighth inning, getting a double sandwiched around one-out walks to load the bases. UTA induced a potential double play ball to the left side but it was misplayed for an error, leaving the bases juiced with one out and scoring WSU's fifth run. James then got a roller to the right side for the second out at second base.
The Raiders took the lead with two in the ninth inning. Five straight singles led to two runs, with UTA getting a runner out at the plate on a base hit.
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