MAVERICKS GIVE UP LEAD LATE, DROP GAME 6-5 TO COLONELS
March 30, 2003
THIBODAUX, Louisiana...Nicholls State scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take its first lead of the series on the way to a 6-5 victory over Texas-Arlington in the series finale at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux, La., on Sunday.
The Maveriicks (18-14, 7-2) struck in the first inning with a two-out rally as Hunter Pence laced a single to left field and Darrell Preston drew a base on balls. Chris Taylor brought Pence around from second with single down the right field line.
UTA's bats came calling again in the third inning as three straight hits to start the inning led to two more runs. Kasey Baker started the rally with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a wild pitch. Aaron Batlle placed an RBI single to right field. Pence continued to swing a hot bat placing a double over the right fielder's head for scoring Batlle from second.
The Colonels (16-15, 2-7) tied the game up in the fourth inning with four hits and a couple of sacrifice flies plated the three runs.
UTA regained the lead in the fifth inning as Baker singled back through the box. Batlle advanced Baker to second on a groundout to first base. Baker came around to score on two wild pitches.
NSU tied the game up again in the fifth inning as Chuck Hickman led off the inning with a double to right center field and later scored on a wild pitch.
The Colonels took their first lead of the series in the seventh inning as Jacob Naquin led off with a home run to left field tieing the game. After a walk and double to left field, a single through the left side by Bryan James put NSU up 6-5.
Matt Overmann (6-1) struck out 10 batters in a complete game to earn the victory. Mike Snapp (2-3) took the loss by allowing one run on four hits in 1.2 innings of work.
Baker, Pence and Taylor each collected two hits for the Mavs.
The Mavericks return to action on Tuesday evening as the Patriots of Dallas Baptist come to Clay Gould Ballpark. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.