April 1, 2006
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - UT-Arlington starter Dillon Gee and Stephen F. Austin starter Brian Steinocher were locked into a scoreless pitchers duel through eight innings until Kyle Rudy delivered an RBI single through the right side to give the Mavs the lead en route to a 2-0 victory over the Lumberjacks Saturday afternoon at Jaycee Field.
The victory improved the Mavs to 13-16 overall and 9-0 in Southland Conference action. The 9-0 start equals the best conference start in school history set during the 1989 season. The loss drops the Jacks to 6-25 overall and 2-12 in league play.
The ninth inning started with Robby Winn delivering a single to center field before being lifted for pinch-runner James Smith. Collin Garner followed with a base on balls before Rudy delivered the single on a perfectly executed hit-and-run. With runners on the corners, Jerry Fisher put down a sacrifice bunt down the first base line allowing an insurance run to score.
Gee (4-4) turned in the second straight complete-game shutout for the Mavs as he allowed six hits and struck out three, while walking just one. He threw 100 pitches on the day, 66 for strikes.
Steinocher was the tough-luck loser as he allowed two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in the complete game. He tired down the stretch as he threw 139 pitches.
Both pitchers ran into jams early on the contest, but were wiggle their way out to keep the game scoreless. SFA started the first inning with a double to right and had runners on the corners with one out before Gee got a double play on a lineout to short and doubling off the runner at third.
The Jacks threatened again the third as they runners on the corners with nobody out. The first out was recorded as the runner tried to go to second on a ball in the dirt and the next two hitters grounded out to the pitcher and flied to center, respectively.
UTA's best scoring chance came in the fifth inning as they loaded the bases with one out, but failed to score as Adam Moore hit into the inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Gee would settle down after the third inning as he would only allow a base on balls in the sixth and a two out double in the seventh. He would retire the final seven batters in order.
Rudy was the hitting star for the Mavs as he collected three hits and delivered the game winning RBI. Justin Stevens and Winn delivered two hits each.
The Mavs and Jacks will play the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Jaycee Field.
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