March 3, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington finished off the UT Arlington Invitational with a Sunday sweep of Illinois and Houston Baptist at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Daniel Garcia's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted UT Arlington to a 6-5 win in the opener. The Mavericks broke open the second game with five runs in the sixth and seventh innings to win 7-5.
The Mavericks improved to 7-4 and split two games with the Fighting Illini and Huskies over the weekend. Illinois (7-3) finished the weekend with a 3-1 record, while HBU (6-5-1) was 1-3.
"I was proud of the way we played," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "We played with energy."
Twichell helped get UTA on the board early in the second game. Twichell sent the first pitch of the second inning to right field for a triple and scored two pitches later on a single from Copeland.
Houston Baptist took the lead in the sixth. The Mavericks countered with five runs in the sixth and seventh.
In the second game, Chad Nack (2-1) picked up the win pitching 2.2 innings in relief. Illinois reliever Rob McDonnell took the loss for Illinois.
The Mavericks scored two runs in the second on Garcia's sacrifice bunt and Travis Sibley's groundout, scoring Derek Miller and Brandon Lawrence, respectively. The Illini committed two errors in the inning.
UT Arlington added another three runs in the fifth on three hits. Shortall stroked a two-run single to right to score Darien McLemore and Travis Sibley. Ryan Walker scored later in the inning on Derek Miller's hit to left.
Mavericks starter Brad Vachon cruised through the first six innings, allowing three hit while striking out four, before running into trouble in the seventh. Illinois tied the score with five runs on five hits, with four runs being charged to Vachon.
Illinois starter John Kravetz was chased in the fifth after giving up five runs on six hits. He also walked three before being lifted for Ryan Castellanos.
The Mavericks retook the lead in the eighth. Miller got on to lead off the inning after being hit by a pitch. He reached third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run with Lawrence. Miller scored on Garcia's sac fly to right.
The Mavericks wrap up an eight-game homestand Tuesday night against Oklahoma.