BSB: Weaver leads UTA past McNeese State, 6-5

Chase Weaver shut down the Cowboys on two hits over 6 2/3 in relief.

March 17, 2013

Final Stats

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.

"It was a big win for us," head coach Darin Thomas said. "It really was the Chase Weaver show. You can't do any better than he did it today."

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.


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