March 11, 2012
Arlington, Texas – Ryan Walker had three hits and scored three runs as UT Arlington beat No. 21 Texas State 6-4 in Game 1 of a Sunday doubleheader at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Bobcats came back to win the nightcap 3-2 with a run in the ninth.
The Mavericks snapped a four-game losing streak in the opener, and came out of the three-game series at 10-7 overall and 1-2 in the Southland Conference. The Bobcats (11-4, 2-1) had won eight in a row coming into Sunday.
UTA lost Friday, 5-3, after Texas State scored twice in the ninth. Letting a couple of games slip away is what UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas took from the weekend.
"I thought we played fine," Thomas said. "We mishandled two ninth innings. It's tied or we have the lead in the ninth inning against a very good team in all three games and I feel good about that."
The Mavericks struck in the bottom of the first of Game 1 to take a 1-0 lead. Walker opened the game with a double down the right field line and scored on Michael Guerra’s double down the left field line.
UTA added another run in the second on Walker’s RBI single to score Greg McCall. Walker also scored in fifth and seventh innings.
Preston Beck homered off the right field foul pole in the right in the third to tie the game at 3-3. The Bobcats scored their trio of runs in the top of the inning on three hits, with an error and wild pitch from UTA aiding Texas State.
Lance Day (5-0) started for UTA and worked seven innings, giving up three earned runs. Bobcats starter Travis Ballew gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings.
Texas State pushed across the go-ahead run in Game 2 with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. Bobcats starter Kyle Finnegan went eight innings, giving up two runs and just four hits.
The Mavericks had two runners on and one out in the nigth, but the game ended with a double play.
The Mavericks continue their homestand with Tuesday’s visit by Baylor. UTA is 2-0 against Big 12 teams this season, having beaten Texas and Oklahoma.