McSPADDEN'S WALK-OFF SINGLE COMPLETES IMPROBABLE COMEBACK
April 3, 2005
ARLINGTON, Texas - Josh McSpadden singled through the left side to score Dane Ryan with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Texas-Arlington erased a six-run deficit with an improbable 11-10 comeback over Louisiana-Monroe Sunday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Ryan singled through the left side with one out and advanced to second on a groundout to the right side from Boomer Welles. McSpadden then hit an 0-1 pitch that squeaked through the left side of the infield and Ryan hustled around to narrowly beat the throw with the game-winning run.
The Mavs (17-15, 7-2 SLC) forced extra innings by pushing across six runs in the eighth. Aaron Batlle, Joe Newman and Ryan Nelson each reached on singles to load the bases. Daniel Macha drew a walk and Brock Wilson followed with an RBI single to right center. Brett Lewis was down in the count before being hit by a pitch to score the third run. Saturday's hero David McLeod was at it again as he came off the bench to plate two runs with a chopper over the head of the first baseman. The tieing run scored on a double-play groundout.
UTA got things going in the third as Newman singled to right center and advanced to second on a passed ball. Nelson followed with a double just inside the bag at third on the 10th pitch of the at-bat to score Newman. Macha followed with a single to center to put runners on the corners. Wilson drove in Nelson from third with a single to right center and when the ball was misplayed by the center fielder, Macha, who was running on the pitch, scampered in to score.
The Indians (15-12, 2-7 SLC) tied the game in the fifth inning as back-to-back singles from James Bennett and Daniel Raymond, and a hit by pitch of Dexter Fontenot loaded the bases with one out. After a strikeout, Steve Lawler plated two runs with a double just inside the bag at third. Glenn Jackson followed with an infield single down the line at third to tie the game.
ULM added three more runs in the sixth inning as Ty Rollinson singled through the right side and Justin LaBorde reached on an error. After a sacrifice bunt, Raymond, Fontenot and Morrison delivered three straight RBI singles.
UTA pushed a run across in the sixth as with two outs, Newman walked and Nelson singled to left center to put runners on the corners. Macha lifted a high pop to short that was mishandled, allowing one run to score.
ULM got the run right back in the seventh as LaBorde plated Barfield with a single up the middle after Barfield started the inning with a single into the hole at short and advanced to second on a groundout to the right side.
The Indians pushed the lead to six in the eighth as Morrison and Lawler reached on back-to-back base hits. Jackson put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away down the right field line allowing two runs to score and Jackson standing at third. Adam Barfield plated the run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
ULM threatened to score in the top of the ninth as a walk and a sac bunt put a runner on second with one out. Raymond followed with a single through the left side that was scooped up by Wilson in left who gunned down the runner trying to score on a very close play at the plate.
Dillon Gee (3-2) picked up the victory as he allowed one hit in one inning of work. He entered the game with a runner on first and gave up a bunt base hit, before retiring the next three hitters on a popped up bunt, a fielder's choice and a flyout to center. Danny Borne (2-5) took the loss for the second straight day as he allowed one run on four hits in 2.2 innings of work.
UTA collected a season-high 20 hits in the contest with Nelson collecting four, and McSpadden, Batlle, Newman, Wilson, Lewis and Thomason each collected two.
The Mavs return to action on April 5 when they host TCU at Clay Gould Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on tape delay on Comcast Channel 16.