March 28, 2003
THIBODAUX, LOUISIANA...The University of Texas at Arlington broke open a tight ballgame witha five-run fifth inning on their way to a 10-5 victory over Nicholls State (15-14, 1-6) Friday evening at Ray E. Didier Field.
The Mavericks (17-13, 6-1) got on the scoreboard in the third inning as Kasey Baker extended his hit streak to 17-games with a single back through the box. With one out, Ryan Roberts doubled down the left field line to score Baker from first. After advancing to third on a balk, Hunter Pence scored Roberts on a fielder's choice to third base.
UTA broke the game open in the fifth inning as Darrell Preston started the inning with a single through the left side. Pence laid down a bunt basehit and Preston advanced to third on an error by the first baseman. Chris Taylor hit a three hopper to second baseman Jeremy Helton who looked at second and then through to first, but it was not in time, scoring Preston on the fielder's choice. Robby Deevers followed with a RBI single back up the middle and advanced to second on an error by the catcher. Paul Bruder kept the onlsot coming with a RBI single through the left side. Bruder would come around to score on an Aaron Batlle single down the right field line for the fifth run of the inning.
Pence pushed the lead to 8-0 as he led off the sixth inning with a triple to straight away center field and scored on a wild pitch.
Aaron Pullin ran into trouble in the sixth inning as he could not find the strike zone and walked three batters and gave up two base hits to score three runs and load the bases before giving way to Wes Detwiller.
UTA stretched its lead in the ninth inning as Spencer Dean drew a walk and advanced to second on a balk. Baker's fly ball to center field advanced Dean to third base. Batlle plated Dean with a single back up the middle. With two outs, Dan Dody tripled down the left field line to score Battle with the 10th run of the game.
Chuck Hickman cut the lead to five runs with a double to left center field to score two runners with two outs in the ninth.
Pullin (3-1) picked up the victory by allowing three runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work. After allowing two infield singles in the first inning, Pullin retired the next 14 Colonel hitters. Robbie Hebert (2-3) sufferred the loss by allowing seven earned runs on seven hits in four innings of work. He also walked four batters and hit three others.
Pence led the offense with three hits, while Baker, Batlle and Bruder each collected two hits.
The Mavericks and Colonels will be back on the diamond tomorrow afternoon for game two of the three game series at Ray E. Didier Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.