Keegan Hucul picked up his first save of the season Saturday.
April 5, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington won its Sun Belt Conference series with ULM after Saturday's doubleheader split at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks (14-18, 6-6 SBC) won their fifth straight Sun Belt game with a 6-1 to open the day, but lost 7-5 in 10 innings in the second game. The Warhawks are 13-20 and 5-7.
"I thought Keegan Hucel pitched really well in Game 1," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "Overall, we did pretty well on the mound in Game 1 and we got timely hits so it was a good start, but obviously Game 2 was disappointing."
The Mavericks won Friday's series opener and claimed the series 2-1. UTA has won five of its last six league gamses. The Mavs return to the field Tuesday at Houston Baptist.
UT Arlington 6, ULM 1 (Final Stats)
The Mavericks provided starter Zach Thompson with a 2-0 lead after the first inning thanks to back-to-back extra-base hits with two outs. Ryan Bottger doubled to right-center to score Travis Sibley and came home on Greg McCall's triple off the wall in center.
The Mavericks took a 3-1 lead in the second, but it came with a price. Peter Cuomo was injured after tripping over the first baseman's leg on a sacrifice bunt attempt.
The throw to first sailed wide, allowing Eric Tate to score.
Cuomo, playing shortstop, was replaced in the lineup by Levi Scott, causing a ripple effect in UTA's defensive alignment. Scott went to first, Brady Cox went to third and Sibley moved over to short.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Miller doubled down the left field line scoring Justin Copeland for a 4-1 lead. The Mavericks scored two runs in the eighth on sac flies for a five-run edge.
Thompson improved to 2-3, while Keegan Hucul picked up his first save of the season.
ULM 7, UT Arlington 5 (10) (Final Stats)
The Warwaks the early lead with a run in the second. UT Arlington tied it in the third on Miller's sacrifice fly to score Cox.
Cox scored in fifth on Miller's fielder's choice for a 2-1 lead. Shortall hit his fifth homer of the season off the first pitch of the sixth to push the Maverick's lead to 3-1.
Chad Nack came in to replace UTA starter Daniel Milliman in the top of the seventh inning with one out. Nack gave up two runs off one hit, as the Warhawks tied the game.
The Mavericks regained the lead (5-3) on Miller's two-run single in the seventh, scoring Cox and Tate. The Warhawks knotted the game again with runs against UTA's bullpen.
ULM scored twice in the 10th for a 7-5 advantage. Shortall doubled to open the 10th for the Mavericks, but two strikeouts and a flyout ended the game.