March 15, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - The UT Arlington baseball team successfully turned the tables against Lamar University on Saturday afternoon.
Facing arguably the best pitcher in the Southland Conference, the Mavericks pounded out 13 hits, scored 15 runs and evened the season series at one game apiece with a 15-4 victory in an SLC game at Clay Gould Ballpark. There were several offensive heroes for the Mavericks, who knocked Lamar ace Brian Sisk out of the game after recording just six outs in 18 batters faced.
A day earlier, Lamar earned a victory by beating UTA ace Nathan Long.
Mavericks coach Darin Thomas said winning big and doing it big against an All-SLC pitcher is great, but most of all, he says the Mavericks (6-11, 1-1 in the SLC) just need some victories. The rubber game of the series is at 1 p.m. today at Clay Gould Ballpark. Lamar (10-7, 1-1) is picked in two polls to win the SLC East Division.
"We don't have to go out and win every series, but we play some very tough teams early in the conference season, so we need to get some wins," Thomas said. "We don't want to make too much of it, but it was a nice win for our club."
UTA had several outstanding offensive performances - Jeff Storms went 4-for-4 with four runs batted in - but it was pitcher Andy Sauter who helped the Mavericks even the SLC series by holding down the Cardinals offense. Working with a 5-0 lead after the second inning and 12-0 advantage in the third, Sauter (1-0) held Lamar to four runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked two in the seven-inning complete game victory.
Storms earned another start at second base Sunday afternoon by hitting safely in all four plate appearances. Storms had single, double and triple. He scored two runs. Steffan Guest went 4-for-5, and Danny Slinkman hit a two-run homer in the first to put the Mavericks ahead in the first inning.
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