March 19, 2013
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - In front of a crowd of 4,015, TCU defeated UT Arlington 5-4 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday night.
The Mavericks (10-10) had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but a close play at the plate ended UTA's threat and pushed TCU (9-11) past the Mavericks.
"We had our chances," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "The first two times they scored we put a guy on base by a hit or a walk. That's just something we can't afford to do. We have to make them earn it. They are a good club and we faced good arms tonight. We just came up a little short."
Justin Copeland led the Mavericks with a triple, a double and two RBI. Matt Shortall extended his hitting to 10 games with a single. UTA had hits from seven of its nine starters in the game and left six runners on base.
Copeland helped get UTA on the board to open up the game. Copeland sent a 2-0 pitch to the left field wall for a RBI triple, scoring Shortall from first. The Mavericks added another run in the second inning off a Horned Frog wild pitch. Peter Cuomo scored from second base to give UTA a 2-0 lead.
TCU put up its first response in the third. Cody Jones opened up the inning by reaching first on a hit-by-pitch, stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field two batters later.
The Horned Frogs took the lead in the fourth inning with a two-out rally. Jerrick Suiter knocked a long fly ball off of the top of the left field wall for a double, scoring two. Jones followed that up with a single through the left side of the infield to push TCU's lead to 4-2.
The Mavericks pulled a run back in the fifth inning following a one-out single from Derek Miller. Miller advanced to second on a throwing error from the pitcher and scored when Walker doubled to center field.
Miller gave UTA life in the seventh inning, reaching first on a hit-by-pitch. Shortall reached first on a wild pitch call that got passed the catcher bringing Copeland to the plate. Copeland sent the first pitch to right field for a double to score Miller, but Shortall was called out at the plate.
UTA returns to the field this Friday to begin Western Athletic Conference play. The Mavericks travel to San Antonio to face the Roadrunners of UTSA.