March 10, 2013
UTA (9-6) regained the lead in the top of the ninth on a 3-2 pitch into the dirt to Jake Pinchback that brought home Derek Miller with the game winning run. The victory was the first ever for the Mavericks in Lubbock after dropping the previous 15 meetings and was the first win for UTA against Texas Tech (10-7) since 1982.
“We got on them early which is good to do,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “But we got punched back and struggled out of the bullpen, but Keegen Hucul came in and settled things down, and John Beck came in and was outstanding. It was good to see success after grinding it out.”
Matt Shortall led the Mavericks with three hits and four RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games. Brandon Lawrence also had three hits, including his first career home run. The Mavs got a pair of hits from Justin Copeland, Ryan Walker and Brandon Lawrence on the way to a season-best 15 hits. UTA’s 13 runs were also a season-high.
UTA ended a 13-inning run drought in the top half of the first inning. Shortall had a two-out infield single and Copeland brought him in two pitches later on a double to right-center field.
The Red Raiders answered right back to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. Following a hit batter and a single, a sacrifice bunt pushed the runners up and Eric Gutierrez hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score a run.
The Mavericks regained the lead in the second with the bases load and one out. Miller was hit by a pitch to bring in a run and Walker added another on a sac fly to left field. Shortall knocked his second hit of the game off the top of the right field wall for a two-out, two-run double to extend UTA’s lead to 5-1.
Six runs in the bottom half of the third for Tech tied the game at 7-7. Texas Tech had just one hit in the inning after three walks and a hit batter. The lone hit was a two-out, two-run homer to left.
Texas Tech took its first lead of the game in the fourth. The Mavericks had a chance to get out of the inning, but a two-out pop fly to center was misplayed in the wind, allowing two runs to score.
Back-to-back multi-run innings gave the Mavs the lead back. UTA put up two in the sixth on three consecutive hits. Shortall sent his third hit of the game up the middle scoring Daniel Garcia. Darien McLemore followed up a Copeland single to bring in Shortall two batters later.
In the seventh, Brandon Lawrence led off with a home run. He took the 2-1 fastball over the right field wall and into the Texas Tech bullpen to bring the Mavs back to within one run. Miller executed a no-out suicide bunt to score Travis Sibley. Shortall followed that up with a groundout to short that notched his third RBI of the game.
Texas Tech would tie the game in the bottom of the eighth.
The Mavericks continue on their four-game road trip against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday at 3 p.m. UTA returns home for a weekend series beginning Friday against McNeese State and faces TCU on March 19 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.