BATLLE DRIVES IN FOUR IN MAVS 7-4 VICTORY OVER BEARKATS
March 25, 2005
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Senior Aaron Batlle drove in four runs and Daniel Macha and Josh McSpadden collected three more hits apiece as Texas-Arlington took advantage of some miscues in the field by Sam Houston State to defeat the Bearkats 7-4 Friday afternoon at Holleman Field.
UTA (13-13, 3-1 SLC) got on the scoreboard in the third inning as they rallied with two outs. Josh McSpadden singled up the middle and advanced to second on a delay steal. After Nathan Warrick reached on error, Aaron Batlle let every trot home as he deposited his fourth home run of the season over the right center field fence.
The Bearkats (9-14-1, 2-2 SLC) got back in the game in the fourth inning as Jonathan Stone drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on a Karl Krailo double to right center. Stone scored on a sacrifice fly to center field and Kolin Hatfield plated the second run with a double just inside the bag at third.
The Mavs quickly responded in the next half inning as Kyle Thomason reached as his bloop to shallow center field was mishandled by the center fielder. McSpadden executed the hit-and-run and took second on the attempt to get Thomason at third. Warrick drove in Thomason with a single up the middle before Batlle plated his fourth run with a fielder's choice to second in which Warrick was able to beat the throw at second. After Ryan Nelson sacrificed the runners into scoring position, Brett Lewis hit a sacrifice fly in foul territory in left field.
SHSU took advantage of a one-out walk to score two runs as Hatfield deposited a first-pitch curveball over the left field fence for a two-run shot.
Macha added to the lead in the eighth inning as he deposited his first home run of the season to right field for a solo shot.
Michael Gardner (3-2) picked up the victory by allowing four runs on five hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work. Dillon Gee earned his first career save by not allowing a hit in three innings of work with three strikeouts. Timothy Gray (2-2) took the loss as he allowed seven runs, two earned, on 11 hits in 7.2 innings of work.
Macha and McSpadden led the offense with three hits, while Batlle and Lewis collected two. Hatfield led the Bearkats with two hits and three RBIs.
The same two teams will play the second game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at Holleman Field.