March 16, 2014
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Texas State made a three-run, two-out rally in the eighth Sunday to complete a sweep of UT Arlington at Bobcat Ballpark to begin Sun Belt Conference play.
The Mavericks (5-14, 0-3 SBC) matched a season-high losing streak of four games with the 3-1 loss. The Bobcats improved to 13-6 overall and 3-0 in conference. The sweep was the first time UTA has loss all three to open a conference schedule since 2009.
Two towering fly balls with two outs gave UTA trouble in the eighth with the wind gusting in from center at over 25 mph. The first was misplayed by Derek Miller, and following an intentional walk, the second gave Justin Copeland trouble in right to score two runs.
Thompson hit career highs in both innings pitched (7.2) and strikeouts (9) despite falling to 1-3 for the season. Thompson, responsible for three earned runs, gave up nine hits and walked one.
Greg McCall continued his offensive surge with two hits for the second consecutive game. The UTA catcher provided the Mavericks with their lone run in the contest after doubling to left and scoring later on a wild pitch.
UTA returns begins a five-game homestand Tuesday against Sam Houston State. First pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
- C Greg McCall extended his reach-safely streak to 17 games with a double in the first. McCall had at least a hit in all three games of the series.
- DH Matt Shortall was held off the bases for the first time this season to end an 18-game reach-safely streak.
- RF Justin Copeland's team-high six-game hitting streak came to an end.
- No. 18 Sam Houston State opens the homestand. The Mavericks take on Columbia on Wednesday and host Arkansas State in the first Sun Belt Conference home series beginning Friday.