March 9, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas – UT Arlington had just three hits on the way to losing 4-1 to Texas Tech Saturday night at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech’s starting pitcher Trey Masek allowed just two hits and struck out six on the way to his third win of the year. The Mavericks (8-6) failed to put a runner on base from the third inning through the eighth and a Jake Pinchback triple in the ninth helped UTA avoid the shut out for UTA. With the loss, the Mavericks extend their losing streak to the Red Raiders to 17 games overall.
"I thought we battled pretty well," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "Their starter hasn't given up a run all year and obviously he is good. That's why last night was important because we knew tonight was going to be really tough. I thought Zach had good outing in his first start. We will just have to bounce back tomorrow and try to get one."
Starting pitcher Zach Thompson pitched a career-high 6.2 innings in the loss giving up just three earned runs. The Mavericks offense came from a single by Shortall in the first and a double from Derek Miller in the second and a triple from Pinchback. In the win, Masek extended his streak to 32 innings pitched without allowing an earned run to start the year.
The Red Raiders got on the board following an Eric Guitierrez single to right field to open up the second inning. Guitierrez scored two batters later. The lead was doubled in the fourth inning after Jarrard Poteet reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a two out single to center.
The Mavericks avoided a shutout in the ninth. Pinchback knocked a one out triple to right field and scored on the next play when Ryan Walker hit a grounder to second.
UTA concludes its series with Texas Tech on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.