Beck propels Baseball past Louisiana Tech
March 16, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Preston Beck went 4-for-5 with a two-run triple and four runs scored in UT Arlington's 11-6 win over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Every UTA starter had at least one hit and seven starters scored one run in the team's balanced attack.
"It's tough to play Tuesday-Wednesday and this is our only one right now so we knew it was going to be tough," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "It was a little sloppy early on. We swung the bats OK and we just needed to keep a little bit of momentum going into the weekend."
UTA (10-7) scored in each of the first four innings, including four-run frames in the third and fourth.
Vaughn provided the big hit in the third when he drove in a pair of runs with a double to right-center field. Nephew, who also had two RBI, followed with a groundout RBI, scoring Chad Comer. Preston Morrow's sacrifice fly scored Vaughn to complete the scoring in the third.
The Mavs struck again in the fourth with two runs when Beck belted a two-run triple into the right-field corner.
"Today was just one of those days where I hit it well and it wasn't to someone," Beck said. "A lot of days you can hit the ball well and it's going to be right to someone. Today I just felt like I was hitting the ball better."
Beck and Vaughn scored on wild pitches later in the inning.
Nephew started the scoring in the first when his two-out single to left scored Beck. Louisiana Tech left fielder Kyle Roliard threw Comer out trying to score from second to end the inning.
Comer, Vaughn, Nephew and Philip Incaviglia all had two hits for the Mavs.
Kasey Merck (1-0) earned the win in relief.
Michael Oberto threw 4.0 scoreless innings, holding the Bulldogs (8-8) to two hits.
Beck came in and closed the game in the ninth, working a perfect frame with a pair of strikeouts.
"Ideally he has our best closer-stuff, but being a position guy it's just going to depend on how good his arm feels and how many times we can get him out there and get him a little experience," Thomas said.
The Mavs continue their five-game homestand Friday when they open a three-game series against conference foe UTSA. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.