TIMELY HITTING THE DIFFERENCE AS THE STREAK RUNS TO UNLUCKY 13
April 5, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT San Antonio scored three runs in the third and two more in the fifth inning, all with two outs, while UT Arlington stranded three runners in the final two innings to run their school-record losing streak to 13 games with a 6-3 defeat Thursday evening at Clay Gould Ballpark.
UTA (9-23, 0-10 SLC) got the scoring going in the second inning as Ben Burum started the inning by hitting the first pitch over the right-field wall for his fifth home run of the season.
UTSA (18-12, 10-0 SLC) answered back with a three spot in the third. After the first two batters were retired on a popup and a strikeout, Marshall Davis tucked a double just inside the bag before scoring on James Keithley's bloop single to left center. Tim Palincsar delivered the big blow as he deposited a 2-0 pitch over the right-field wall for a two-run shot.
The Mavs would tie the game in the fourth as Danny Slinkman singled through the left side and went to third on Mitch Putman's single back through the box. Burum would drive in his second run of the game with a single off the leg of the first baseman. Kyle Rudy would drive in the second run of the inning with a single through the left side.
The lead again did not last long as the Runners came back in the top of the next inning and took the lead for good. The inning started with a groundout to first before Keithley beat out a bunt single. After a flyout to left, Michael Rockett took the first pitch he saw and cleared the wall in left center for his third home run of the season.
The Mavs were not without their chances as they mounted a two-out rally of their own in the eighth as Burum singled up the middle and went to third on Rudy's double to left center. The inning ended as a wild pitch hopped right back to the catcher and he flipped it to the pitcher to retire Burum at the plate.
UTSA got an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Mitch Ponza doubled to left field and went to third on Phillip Allen's bunt base hit that came to rest on the third-base line. Davis would then hit a two-hopper to short, but Rudy's throw was in the dirt and allowed the runner to score. The Runners would load the bases with nobody out, but UTA reliever Kendal Carrillo would get a pair of infield popups and a grounder to first to escape the inning without any further damage.
The last ditch effort for the Mavs came up short as John Mark Cleaveland blooped a single down the right-field line to start the inning. David Masters would strikeout swinging for the first out of the inning and Leo Radkowski walked to bring the tieing run to the plate. That is as far as the Mavs would get as Collin Garner flied out to the left and Daniel Rieder lined out to third to end the game.
Josh Ruffin (3-2) picked up the victory after allowing three runs on 10 hits in 7.2 innings. Nathan Long (1-5) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits and six strikeouts in five innings. J.T. Mackey allowed one hit over the final 1.1 innings to earn his third save of the season.
Burum led the Mavs 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Slinkman, Rudy and Cleaveland would each had two hits. Keithley paced the Runners by going 4-for-4 with a hit-by-pitch and two runs scored.
The Mavs and Runners will play the second game of the series tomorrow evening at 6:45 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark.