March 4, 2012
Arlington, Texas -- The weekend didn't end up as planned, as UT Arlington fell 15-1 to Houston Baptist in the finale of a four-game weekend homestand Sunday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
But the Mavericks were 3-1 for weekend, taking two out of three against HBU. UTA (9-3) also beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday.
"It was a good weekend for us," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "We've played so many games lately going back to Wednesday at Oklahoma, and you never like to roll out a clunker and we did. But you have to give their pitcher (HBU starter Dalton Schafer) credit."
The Mavericks came into Sunday riding a five-game winning streak. Pitching and defense were at a premium during the unbeaten run, as UTA had given up only seven runs in those five games.
The offense hasn't been half bad, either. The Mavericks have racked up double figures in runs twice in that span. But wins by the scores of 3-1, 2-1 (10) and 3-0 have meant more to Thomas.
"I thought we've pitched really well over the last week," he said.
Sunday's starter Zach Thompson did hold HBU to one run through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. It was the first start of the season for the freshman.
"I was very proud of Zach Thompson," Thomas said. "We just have to do a better job of pitching out of the bullpen."
The Huskies struck first Sunday, getting a leadoff double David Pfuntner. The left fielder eventually scored to put the Mavericks in a 1-0 going into their first at-bat.
Unlike recent comebacks, UTA couldn't generate much against HBU this time around. The Huskies put the game out of reach with huge innings in the sixth and eighth to set down the Mavericks for only the third time this season.
The Mavericks return to the field Tuesday on the road for the start of a two-game series at Wichita State. UTA is back home Friday for a three-game series with Texas State to open Southland Conference play.
"We have to flush what happened today and get ready for Wichita State and Texas State," Thomas said. "It doesn't get any easier."