March 17, 2004
EDINBURG, Texas - Senior right-hander Michael Garza took advantage of his first start of the season as he allowed two unearned runs on two hits over five innings of work in helping Texas-Arlington to a 13-5 victory over Texas-Pan American Wednesday afternoon at the Edinburg Baseball Stadium.
The Mavs (12-8) pushed across in the first inning with help from a Bronc error. Kasey Baker started the game with a single to right center and advanced to third on Hunter Pence's double over the right fielder's head. With two outs, Darrell Preston's grounder to the shortstop Aaron Flowers was misplayed, allowing the run to score.
UTPA (13-12) tied the game up in the home half of the without the luxury of a hit. Louie Alamia walked and stole second before a fly out to right field moved him to third. With two outs, Philip Rodriguez' grounded the ball to short, but was ruled safe when the umpire ruled that Ryan Nelson came off the bag early.
UTA pushed four runs across in the second inning as Carey Avants struck out swinging, but reached safely on the wild pitch. Josh McSpadden sacrificed Avants to second before a Baker single to center field put runners on the corners with one out. Aaron Batlle plated the run with the second sacrifice bunt of the inning. Pence pushed across the second run when his fly ball to center field was lost in the sun by Alamia. Paul Bruder followed with a run producing single and came into score on Preston's single to left field.
The Mavs opened up its lead in the fourth inning as Batlle single off the pitchers glove and moved to third on a Pence double down the left field line. After Bruder walked to load the bases, Batlle came in to score on a passed ball. Preston walked to reload the bases and Nelson drew an RBI base on balls.
UTA stretched its lead in the fifth inning as Baker walked and advanced to third on a Batlle single to right field. Pence plated the run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
UTPA pushed its second unearned run across in the fifth inning as a leadoff walk came around to score on an error and a base hit by pinch hitter Otis Powers.
The Broncs got their third run of the game in the sixth inning as a leadoff single by Tony Ortiz came around to score on a Mark Rodriguez two-out single to left field.
UTA got a pair of runs back in the eighth inning as Bruder started the inning by doubling over the center fielder's head and moving to third on a passed ball. Preston followed with an RBI groundout to shortstop. With two outs, Dane Ryan hit his first collegiate home run down the left field line.
The Broncs got a pair of runs in the eighth inning as a hit batter, base on balls and infield single loaded the bases before Mark Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to right field. The second run came in to score on a wild pitch.
The Mavs offense came calling again in the ninth inning as they put a three-spot in the board after Baker and Batlle reached via a base on balls and single, respectively. With one out, Bruder singled into the hole at short to load the bases. Preston singled to right field to score the first run and wild pitch followed to score the second. Nelson pushed across the final run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The offense was led by the top five hitters in the order as Baker, Batlle, Pence, Bruder and Preston each collected three hits apiece and combined for seven runs batted in and 11 runs scored.
Garza improved to 1-0 with the victory as he struck out four. Oscar Pena (2-2) took the loss after allowing seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work.
The Mavericks return to action on Friday evening as they open up Southland Conference play against Sam Houston State. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark. The teams will play games two and three of the series on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.