March 8, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington survived a late rally from Missouri State on Saturday at Clay Gould Ballpark to end a three-game losing streak.
The Mavericks, winning 6-5 over the Bears, moved to 4-9 on the season, while Missouri State went to 8-4.
The Bears pushed a run across the plate in the ninth to cut the lead to one and had runners on second and third with no out. UTA pitcher Colin Tornburg pitched UTA to two outs with a pop out and a strikeout before Travis Sibley saved the day.
MSU's Spencer Johnson hit a hard ball to the left of Sibley, but UTA's third baseman dove to stop the ball from advancing the tying run, throwing out Johnson to end the game.
"We made it close," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "I feel like we had chances to score a few more but we didn't get it done. That is a good team and I hope we can build on that. I was really proud of what Tornburg did there at the end. He came in there and got us out of a big jam."
UTA finishes play in the UTA Hilton Invitational on Sunday at 3 p.m. against Abilene Christian.
The Mavericks got out of the gates early with four of the first five batters reaching base. Matt Shortall opened up the scoring with a RBI single with one out in the frame and scored on a Greg McCall single through the right side.
Missouri State countered with a run in the third but the Mavs got it back in the fourth. Peter Cuomo followed up singles from Ryan Bottger and Eric Tate with a double down the right-field line l that scored both. Cuomo finished the day 2-4 with three RBI
Tate scored again in the sixth with the bases loaded on a double play.
UTA starting pitcher Zach Thompson (1-2) earned the win with five innings pitch. The junior struck out two Bears in his fourth start of the season. Thompson gave up eight hits, three earned runs and walked two.
Senior Chase Weaver helped the Mavericks pitch out of back-to-back jams between the sixth and seventh innings. Weaver entered the sixth with two runners in scoring position, fanning the Missouri State batter for his first strikeout to end the threat.