March 22, 2013
Saturday Probable Starting Pitchers
UTA - Chase Weaver (2-0, 2.66 ERA) vs. UTSA - Brock Hartson (2-2, 2.73 ERA)
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The series opener between UT Arlington and UTSA figured to be a pitchers' duel, and that's how it looked for most of Friday night at Roadrunner Field.
The two old rivals new to the Western Athletic Conference season could only scratch a run each across the plate through six innings, but the Roadrunners broke the deadlock in the seventh on their way to a 9-2 victory.
"Very disappointing way to start conference," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "We got beat in every aspect. We have to get better."
Mavericks ace Brad Vachon (2-2) ran out of gas in the seventh, as his pitch count hit 100 on a steamy night. UT Arlington dropped to 10-11 overall and 0-1 after its first even WAC contest.
The Roadrunners (14-8, 1-0) scored six runs in the seventh – three earned charged to Vachon – on five hits. UTSA reliever Jordan Pacheco improved to 5-0 after working 2.1 innings in relief, allowing no runs and striking out four.
Runs were going to be hard to come by, despite Roadrunner Field's reputation as a hitters' park. Vachon came in with an ERA of 1.95, while UTSA starter Michael Kraft checked in at 2.91.
The Mavericks tied the game 1-1 in the sixth. Justin Copeland started it off by singling and advancing on an error by the center fielder. With two outs, Brandon Lawrence singled up the middle to knot the game. UT Arlington would get men to second and third, but Pacheco ended the threat.
UTSA took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Jesse Baker's RBI single. The Roadrunners had three hits in the inning.
The Mavericks couldn't take advantage of Kraft early, leaving five runners on base through the first four innings. UT Arlington left 11 runners on for the game and finished with nine hits.
The series continues Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch and ends Sunday at 1 p.m.