March 17, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington Mavericks (10-9) used an early offensive display and outstanding relief pitching from Chase Weaver to gain a 6-5 win over the McNeese State Cowboys (10-8) Sunday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
After a wild first two innings, in which every one of the game's 11 runs were scored with two outs, Weaver slammed the door over the next six-plus frames.
Things started slowly for the Mavs, who were able to avoid a three-game sweep. UTA starter John Beck yielded three runs in the first on four McNeese State singles, the last of which plated a pair.
UTA battled back with three of its own, all after two were out, in the bottom of the opening stanza. Darien McLemore's line-drive smash to center scored the first two. The Mavericks had just two hits in the frame, but were aided by a three walks and a pair of Cowboy errors.
However, Jackson Gooch did more damage on Beck in the second, slamming a two-out homer to left to put the Cowboys back on top. However, the Mavs responded again the bottom half and took the lead for good.
Derek Miller, who was 3-for-4, led off with a single, and after moving up to second on a Ryan Walker base hit, reached the plate after two wild pitches. J.M. Twichell followed with a single through the left side to score Walker. McLemore, the next hitter, then ripped a two-out double into the gap in right-center to score Twichell all the way from first.
Weaver came in to start the third and sat the Cowboys down 1-2-3 to restore order. It was a sign of things to come, as the lefty was masterful all afternoon, holding McNeese scoreless on just two hits over 6 2/3 innings. He did not walk a batter.
Weaver was relieved by Chad Nack after allowing a two-out single in the ninth. After allowing a ground-ball single, Nack stranded runners on the corners on a soft grounder to short.
McLemore finished with three hits and a career-best three RBIs. Walker and Justin Copeland each went 2-for-5. The Mavs had 13 hits, but stranded 11 runners.
UTA will return to action Tuesday night against TCU at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Game time is 7 p.m.