UT Arlington Knocks Off Cougars, Wins Second Straight Series

March 5, 2010

Box Score

ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington captured it second straight series with a 6-3 victory over BYU on Friday night at Clay Gould Ballpark. Junior Rett Varner, who went to BYU in 2006-2007, pitched 6.0 innings with five strikeouts to earn his first win of the season and junior reliever Logan Bawcom tossed the final 3.0 innings with four strikeouts to earn his first career save.

The Mavericks (4-5) will look for their first sweep of the season when they host the Cougars (3-7) for a 1 p.m. first-pitch on Saturday.

Four straight singles and RBI base hits from Brian Nephew, Jesse Payne and Nick Orr got the Mavericks started with a four-run, fourth inning to give UTA a 4-0 lead.

After allowing singles to the first two batters of the game, Varner gave up only one base hit over the next four innings. The Cougars reached the scoreboard in the fifth on a solo shot to right field by Wes Guenther and with an RBI infield single by Brandon Relf to bring the Cougars back within two runs, 4-2.

The Mavericks added to their lead with a run in the fifth and sixth innings. Steffan Guest drove in All-American center fielder Michael Choice with an RBI double in the fifth. Choice led off the frame with a single down the left-field line. UT Arlington also plated a run in the sixth inning on a throwing error by Cougars' second baseman Dane Nielsen.

Bawcom allowed only one base hit in his three-inning save, which included striking out one in the seventh, a pair of BYU hitters in the eighth and one in the ninth.

For the second straight game UT Arlington had eight of its nine starters record a base hit while Orr (2-for-3), catcher Chad Comer (2-for-4) and Nephew (2-for-4) all joined Guest with multiple hits.




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