March 21, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington baseball team secured its second straight Southland Conference series by winning game two of its three-game series against Northwestern State 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington.
The Mavs (11-10, 4-4) scored a pair of runs in the second and third innings and starting pitcher Nathan Long held down the Demons (10-8, 4-3) for 7 1/3 innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts to help give UT Arlington its fifth win in a row and sixth victory over its last seven games.
UT Arlington did most of its damage offensively in the first three innings with four runs and seven of its eight base hits.
Andrew Kainer led off the second inning with a double to left field and then scored on Preston McCoy's single through the left side. McCoy then gave the Mavs a 2-0 lead when he scored on Evan Raley's double to right-center field.
Steggall came around to score the Mavs' third run on a single through the right side by senior Matt Otteman. Otteman, the Mavericks clean-up hitter and right fielder, now has a 21-game hit streak, tallying at least one base hit in every game this season.
Long dominated as the game went along, striking out at least one batter in every inning except the third, and with a pair of strikeouts in the second, fifth and seventh innings. He earned his second win of the season while allowing two runs and one walk while scattering nine hits.
UT Arlington's pitching staff finished with a season-high 12 strikeouts as relief pitcher Jason Mitchell posted two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
Mitchell was relieved by sophomore left-handed pitcher Adam Boydston in the ninth inning after Northwestern State had runners and second and third base with two outs and the go-ahead run coming to the plate.
Boydston locked down his third save of the season by getting pinch hitter Trevor Geist to ground out to third baseman Evan Raley for the final out of the game. Boydston has now recorded three saves in his last three appearances.
Despite out hitting the Mavericks 11-8, Northwestern State left nine runners on base, including six runners in scoring position. In addition, the Demons stranded runners at second and third base in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Mavericks and Demons will finish their SLC series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark. UT Arlington will start right-handed pitcher Rett Varner (1-1, 2.86 ERA, 8K/9BB) while Northwestern State is expected to start right-handed pitcher Kyle Broughton (2-0, 5.06 ERA, 18K/7BB).