April 11, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas – Losses have been rare for UT Arlington lately, but Wednesday night TCU got the best of the Mavericks 5-1 at Lupton Stadium.
UTA (21-13) lost for only the second time in the last 10 games. The Horned Frogs (17-13) avenged a loss to the Mavericks last month in Arlington.
The Mavericks struck first, scoring a run in their first at-bat. Jordan Vaughn got on with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt. Preston Beck drove Vaughn home for his conference-leading 45th RBI of the season.
The Mavericks once again went into the game knowing they would have to rely on multiple arms to get through nine innings. That was the plan the night before at Texas A&M, as four UTA pitchers combined to beat the Aggies 3-2.
"It's tough to play two days in a row, but that's no excuse," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas. "We had 10 strikeouts and one walk, and that put us in a hole. You've got to give them credit, they pitched it well. We have to bounce back. We only have one day off."
Michael Oberto started for UTA and went three innings, giving up only an unearned run. The four relievers that followed battled, but TCU scratched across four runs from the sixth to eighth innings to win comfortably.
The Mavericks return to Southland Conference play Friday for the start of a three game series at UTSA.