March 23, 2013
Sunday Probable Starting Pitchers
UTA – Zach Thompson (1-2, 6.75 ERA) vs. UTSA - Justin Anderson (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The combination of a solid bullpen along with an opportunistic offense propelled UT Arlington past UTSA 7-6 Saturday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.
UT Arlington snapped a two-game losing streak, improving to 11-11 and 1-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Roadrunners (14-9, 1-1) had won the series opener 9-2 on Friday.
The three-game set concludes Sunday with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.
Mavericks start Chase Weaver struggled early before settling down and making into the fifth. The junior lefty exited with the lead but wasn't eligible for a decision after giving up three runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings.
Daniel Milliman took the ball and worked 2.1 innings to pick up his first career win at UT Arlington. The junior college transfer allowed one run and struck out three in evening his record at 1-1. John Beck notched his second save by going the last two innings, despite giving up a two-run home run in the ninth.
"This is a tough place to pitch," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "The wind kicked up there a little bit at the end and the ball really carried. When you give up six that's really an accomplishment here.
"I thought all three guys pitched well. Weaver almost went five, Milliman did a job in the middle, and Johnny hung in there and punched out the last guy and that's hard to do after giving up the home run. I give him a ton of credit."
UT Arlington's offense was led by five players with at least two hits – Derek Miller, Ryan Walker, Darien McClemore, Brandon Lawrence and Travis Sibley – as the Mavericks racked up 15 total. Matt Shortall and Lawrence each had two RBI.
"We got 15 hits," Thomas said. "I thought we came out hard and played with enthusiasm. We didn't get any breaks early in the game and hung in there. It was a big win. We've been scuffling. We needed it."
The Mavericks extended their lead to 7-3 in the eighth with three runs. Walker reached to open the inning on an error and eventually scored on McLemore's hit to right. Justin Copeland came home on Lawrence's single through the left side. McLemore would score on Jake Pinchback's single, along with an error by the right fielder.
UT Arlington took its first lead of the series and chased UTSA starter Brock Hartson with three runs in the third inning. The Mavericks loaded the bases with Shortall at bat. After getting the count to 3-0, Hartson worked it back to 3-2. Shortall fought off the payoff pitch, taking it up to the middle to score Eric Tate and Miller.
Copeland followed with a sacrifice fly to center to bring Walker home and give the Mavericks a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the third.
The Roadrunners had retaken the lead in the second on Jesse Baker's towering home run to left after UT Arlington tied it in the top of the inning. McLemore drilled a triple off the right field wall, missing a home run by about four feet. Lawrence's deep fly to center easily plated McLemore to tie the game 1-1.
UTSA got to Weaver early, scoring once on two hits and a walk in the first inning. Roadrunners leadoff hitter Riley Good singled, stole second and third, and came home on Mike Warren's single.
The Mavericks had two hits in the top of the first, but both runners were erased on the bases. Miller opened the game with a double down the left field line and was picked off with Walker at the plate. The scoring chance was squandered Walker singled, but he was thrown out attempting to steal.