April 5, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – Ryan Walker delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift UT Arlington past Nicholls State 7-6 Thursday night.
The Mavericks took the opener of the three-game Southland Conference series at Clay Gould Ballpark and extended their winning streak to a season-high six games.
Gregg McCall began the game-winning rally by getting hit in the 11th. Brent Bollinger walked and Philip Incaviglia advanced both one base with a sacrifice bunt. Walker drilled a liner up the middle to end UTA's fourth extra-inning contest of the season.
The Mavericks (19-11, 7-6) have won all four. The Colonels dropped to 17-13 and 6-7.
"That's one of our best wins of the year," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said."We're down 5-1 after three against a first-team all-conference pitcher (Seth Webster) and we found a way to scrap."
The Mavericks battled back from a 5-1 deficit. Preston Beck tied the game at 6-6 with a two-run blast with two outs in the seventh.
Beck's team-leading seventh homer cleared the bushes over the wall in right and ran his conference-best RBI total to 43.
The Colonels took an early advantage thanks to the long ball. Jeremy Hill cracked a three-run shot off UTA starter Collin Reynolds in the first and off the scoreboard. Austin Flores followed with a solo shot in the second.
The Mavericks narrowed the gap to 5-4 with three runs in the fifth. Jordan Vaughn had the big hit with a two-run single to left.
The Mavericks had a shot to end it before extras by getting the first two batters on the ninth, but a failed bunt attempt and a double-play ended the threat.
The Colonels had the bases loaded with one out in the 11th before UTA reliever Michael Morales worked out of the jam with two strikeouts.
"He got out of a huge jam," Thomas said. "We only gave up one run over the last eight innings. That gave us a chance."
The series picks up Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and ends Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.