RALLY FALLS SHORT AFTER MAVS GIVE IT AWAY IN EIGHTH
March 25, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington committed two costly errors in the top of the eighth inning that led to three unearned runs and broke a tie ballgame as Texas State held off a late rally and completed the sweep of the Mavs with a 7-6 victory Sunday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The eighth inning started harmlessly with a groundout and then a walk. That is when it all came unraveled as fielding error by the second baseman put two runners on and a fielding error with two outs by the shortstop allowed the go-ahead run to score before Casey Guest delivered the ultimate blow with a two-run double into the gap in left center.
UTA threatened again in the ninth as Danny Slinkman singled down the right-field line and went to second on a groundout. Ben Burum drove in pinch runner Brock Wilson with a single through the right side.
UTA manufactured a run in the second inning as Radkowski reached on a fielder's choice and went to third on Rudy's hit-and-run single through the right side. Masters drove in the runner with a sacrifice bunt to first base.
The Bobcats (19-8, 6-0 SLC) answered right back in the third as Guest walked and Thomas Field was hit by a pitch to start the inning. David Wood drove in both runners with an opposite field chopper that caught chalk just behind the third-base bag.
The Mavs responded in the bottom of the inning as they took advantage of a throwing error to score two runs. With one out, David Newby reached on a two-base throwing error by the third baseman and went to third on a wild pitch. After Slinkman walked, Matthew Otteman delivered a sacrifice fly to center and Burum would follow with an RBI single up the middle.
The Cats would regain the lead in the sixth as a walk and a hit by pitch would again come around to score on Elliott Babcock's single up the middle.
UTA tied the game in the seventh as Collin Garner walked and went to second on Slinkman's base on balls. Following a wild pitch, Otteman drove in a run with a groundout to the right side.
Rudy led the offense with three hits, while Slinkman, Burum and Radkowski each collected two. Burum, Otteman and Masters each drove in two runs.
Jeffrey Nollen (0-3) took the loss after allowing an unearned run to score on a walk and no hits in one-third of an inning. Kyle Gembler (3-3) picked up the victory after give up one run on a pair of walks in one inning. Eric Weaver (2) earned the save despite give up two runs on four hits in two innings.
The Mavs return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 27 as they play host to Baylor. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark.