FLAT EFFORT LEADS TO 4-3 LOSS
March 8, 2006
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT-Arlington scored single runs in the first, second and third innings, but failed to score again as UNC-Asheville scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh as the Bulldogs handed the Mavericks their fifth straight loss, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Bulldogs (5-9) got on the board in the second inning as three hits from Edmund Locklear, Kyle Smith and Steve Burnich loaded the bases with one out. Matt Henson drove in the run with a sacrifice fly to left center in which UTA center fielder Collin Garner made a diving catch.
UTA pushed an unearned run across in the second as David Newby drew a base on balls and went to second on a fielder's choice. After a walk to Kyle Rudy, Collin Garner's comebacker to the mound was thrown into center field, allowing Newby to score from second.
Another unearned run came around to score in the third as McLeod started things by reaching on a fielding error by the shortstop and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. Moore drove in McLeod with a single into the hole at short.
UNCA got a run back in the fifth inning as Tony Campana beat the pitcher to the bag on a grounder to first base. After a stolen base and a groundout to the right side, Brett Robinson drove in the run with a chopper to shortstop.
The Bulldogs would tie the game in sixth inning on a Kyle Smith solo home run to left field.
UNCA took its first lead of the game in the seventh as Kevin Mattison hit a two-out single to center field and went to third on a successful hit-and-run off the bat of Robinson. A wild pitch from UTA reliever Brandon Endsley allowed the run to score from third.
Endsley (0-1) took the loss as he allowed one run on two hits three innings of work. Michael Bogaert (2-0) picked up the victory as he allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Ben Buchanan picked up his first save as he pitched 2.2 innings allowing no hits and only one walk.
The Mavs return to action this weekend as they open up Southland Conference action against SLC preseason favorite Northwestern State. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday evening at Clay Gould Ballpark.