April 6, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas - They say that all streaks must come to and end. Fortunately for UT Arlington, that statement is true. Junior right hander Dillon Gee set the tone for the game as he struck out a season-high 10 UTSA hitters in the Mavs 9-3 victory Friday evening.
Gee (3-6) set the tone early as he struck out the side in the first and second innings and then fanned two more in the third. All in all, Gee would allow two runs on eight hits in seven innings. His 10 punchouts is just one shy of his career-high 11 set against Dallas Baptist on May 18, 2006.
The Mavs (10-23, 1-10 SLC) got on the board in the first inning as Daniel Rieder drew a one-out walk and Danny Slinkman followed with a two-run shot to right field for his first home run of the season.
UTA added to its lead in the second inning as a one-out rally started with David Masters singling up the middle, Leo Radkowski singling to center and Collin Garner walking to load the bases. The first run scored as Rieder drew a bases loaded walk and Slinkman followed with an RBI single through the right side. Mitch Putman would draw the second bases-loaded walk of the inning before Ben Burum plated the fourth run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
UTSA (18-13, 10-1 SLC) was able to get on the board in the fifth inning as Tim Palincsar singled and Michael Rockett followed with a double down the left-field line. Trent Lockwood would then bloop an RBI single to left field and the second run would score on the throwing error by the left fielder.
The Mavs added three runs in the fourth as Slinkman drew a one-out base on balls and went to third on Putman's successful hit-and-run through the right side. Burum would drive in Slinkman with his second sacrifice fly of the game. The game's most interesting play would follow as David Newby delivered a bunt base hit to third. The pitcher thought time had been called and flipped the ball to the home-plate umpire who calmly moved out of the way and the ball rolled to the backstop and allowed Putman to score from second. Rudy would then follow with an RBI single to right center to plate the third run of the inning.
The Runners would add an unearned run in the eighth as Ponza walked to start the inning and came around to score on a throwing error with two outs.
Bradley Chovanec (2-3) took the loss after allowing six earned runs on five hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.
Slinkman paced the Mavs at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Burum added two hits and two RBI.
The Mavs and Runners will play the rubber game of the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m., weather permitting.