March 28, 2004
MONROE, Louisiana - One day after losing in heartbreaking fashion in extra innings, the Texas-Arlington baseball team responded on Sunday with a 13-3 pounding of Louisiana-Monroe at Indian Field.
The victory gave UTA the series victory over ULM and moved the Mavs to 16-11 overall and 4-2 in the Southland Conference. The loss dropped the Indians to 12-14 overall and 1-5 in the SLC.
UTA struck in the first inning for the third straight game as Aaron Batlle drew a one-out walk and came around to score on Hunter Pence's long ball over the left field wall, his fifth of the season. Paul Bruder and Ryan Nelson followed with back-to-back singles and advanced into scoring position on Darrell Preston's groundout to the right side. ULM starter Matt Green then uncorked a wild pitch to score the third run and Brett Lewis plated the fourth with a double to right center field.
ULM got a run back in the home half of the first as Justin LaBorde singled through the left side. Ben Jones put the Indians on the board with a run producing double into the right center field gap.
The Indians added a run in the second inning as Ty Rollinson started the inning with a single to center field and moved to second when Lane LaBorde drew a walk. Josh Morrison plated the run with a run producing single through the left side.
ULM drew closer in the third inning as Jones deposited his fifth home run of the season over the left field wall for a solo shot.
The Mavericks came alive again in the sixth inning as they pushed four more runs across on four hits. Pence started the inning with a single up the middle and Bruder followed with a base on balls. Nelson drove in Pence with a single to center field and Preston followed with a run producing double down the left field line. Lewis drove in the third run of the inning with a single to left center and Daniel Macha plated the fourth with a sacrifice fly to left field.
UTA widened its lead in the eighth inning as Preston hit a one out single to right field and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt by ULM pitcher James Stephens. A wild pitch moved Preston to third on a wild pitch and came into score on Lewis' grounder to short. Lewis reached safely and advanced to second when the throw sailed passed the first baseman. A passed ball move Lewis to third and a Macha singled through the left side plated the run.
The Mavs pushed across three more runs in the ninth as Pence reached on an infield single and Bruder reached safely on a fielding error by the shortstop. Nelson loaded the bases on a free pass and Preston followed with a base on balls for the first run. Lewis drove in the second run on a fielder's choice and Macha scored the third with infield single to second.
Pence led the offense with three hits, while Nelson, Preston, Lewis and Macha each had two. Lewis tied his career-high with four RBIs and Macha knocked in three. Jones led ULM with three hits.
Preston's two RBIs on the day give him 150 for his career, one shy of Richard Wilkinson for the all-time record at UTA.
Blake Pierson (2-0) picked up the victory in relief as went 4.1 innings allowing no runs on four hits. Matt Green (2-2) took the loss as he allowed eight earned runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
The Mavericks return to action on March 30 as they return to Clay Gould Ballpark to play Centenary. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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