March 13, 2012
Arlington, Texas – Preston Morrow drove a deep fly to center to score Jordan Vaughn as UT Arlington completed a three-run rally in the ninth inning to outlast Baylor 5-4 in a tight-contested nonconference game Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
"The biggest reason we had a chance is because of our relief pitching," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "From the third inning on we didn't allow them to score. A few guys got on base, but we didn't let them score, so that gave us a chance.
"We caught some breaks in the ninth, and we haven't caught any breaks in the ninth in a long time. We're usually the team lately that's happening to. I was proud of the effort. It took a lot of people. Morrow does a good job coming off the bench and getting a sac fly."
The Mavericks went into their final at-bat trailing 4-2, with only two hits through eight innings. UTA was completely shut down by Bears reliever Dillon Newman for five innings before getting to Max Garner in the ninth.
Preston Beck opened the inning by getting on with a walk. Michael Guerra followed with a walk and Jake Pinchback singled to left to load the bases. Pinch hitter Matt Shortall bounced one to third to pull the Mavericks within 4-3.
UTA loaded the bases again when Cody Dyvig reached on an error that could have been a game-ending double play. Greg McCall singled to left to tie the game to set up Morrow's game-winning sacrifice fly.
The Mavericks improved to 11-7 overall and 3-0 against the Big 12. UTA beat Texas and Oklahoma earlier this season. The Bears dropped to 11-7.
Until the ninth-inning fireworks, all of the scoring occurred in the first two innings. Baylor plated two runs in the top of the first, only to be matched by the Mavericks. The Bears added another two-spot in the second.
Guerra drove in the two runs for UTA with a one-out double in the first. Ryan Walker got aboard with single and Beck followed with a walk. Guerra cleared the bases with a shot down the right-field line.
Mavericks starter Adam Boydston gave four runs, though only two were earned, in just two innings. Five UTA relievers, led by a four-inning stint by Michael Oberto, held the Bears scoreless over the last seven innings. Chad Nack (1-2) got one out in the ninth to pick up the win.
"This was a good team win and hopefully that gets us going a little bit," Thomas said.
The Mavericks return to the field this Friday for the start of a three-game Southland Conference series at Lamar.