April 11, 2010
HAMMOND, La. - UT Arlington suffered its first shutout of the season losing 6-0 against No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana Sunday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
It was the first time the Mavericks (15-17, 8-7 SLC) have been shutout since a 1-0 shutout against Southeastern Louisiana last season (4/4/09) in Arlington.
Southeastern Louisiana (26-7, 10-5 SLC) was led to the victory by relief pitcher Chris Franklin (4-3) who pitched the final 5.0 innings of the contest while allowing just two base hits with five strikeouts and allowing one walk to earn the win.
Maverick starting pitcher Logan Bawcom (2-3) took the loss throwing 7.0 innings and allowing three runs on six base hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
It was scoreless until Southeastern plated a run without recording a base hit in the fourth inning. Two Lions reached base via hit by pitch, and designated hitter Joe Sparacino eventually came around to score on an RBI ground out by first baseman Chris Ernest.
The Lions tacked on two runs in the sixth with a two-run homer by Brock Hebert and notched three runs in the eighth inning to secure the victory and their fourth series of the season.
Choice walked his first three plate appearances, giving him six walks in six consecutive plate appearances going back to game two of the series on Saturday. Choice's third walk of the game in the fifth inning was intentional, which moved his season total to eight, breaking the UT Arlington all-time single season record that was previously held by current Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore in 2006.
Choice finished the game 1-for-1 hitting a lead-off double down the left-field line in the eighth inning that improved his current hit streak to nine games. He was later stranded at third base following a ground out to second, a strikeout and a pop fly out in foul territory to the pitcher in consecutive at-bats.
The Mavericks stranded nine runners on base in the game.
Choice, who recently was named a midseason first team All-American by Baseball America, has now reached base safely in 44 consecutive games dating back to last season. Choice leads the Mavericks batting .398 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI. His 39 walks rank second in the country.
UT Arlington will play five games - four on the road - in a six-day stretch starting Tuesday, April 13, as Baylor visits UT Arlington for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark. It will be a home-and-home series as the Mavericks will turn around and play the Bears the following day at Baylor Ballpark at 6:30 p.m. UT Arlington will be back on the road for Southland Conference action next weekend taking on McNeese State (Apr. 16-18) in Lake Charles, La.