MAVS FLAT IN 12-4 LOSS TO UTSA
April 15, 2005
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas-San Antonio left-hander Aaron Rodriguez kept the Texas-Arlington hitters in check through seven innings and the Mavs committed five errors as the Roadrunners took care of the Mavericks 12-4 Friday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.
Rodriguez (5-3) held the Mavs to just two hits before running into trouble in the eighth inning. He went eight innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out three.
The Roadrunners (14-23, 8-5 SLC) got the bats going in the first inning with one out as J.R. Voyles reached on a throwing error and advanced to third on a Ryan Crew double off the left field wall. Stephen Holdren followed with a two-run triple off the center field wall and Chris Lewis drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
UTA (20-18, 9-4 SLC) got a run back in the top of the fifth inning as Aaron Batlle hit his fifth home run of the season over the left field wall for a solo shot. The round tripper was the Mavs first long ball in the last 104.1 innings.
The Runners responded with three runs in the home half of the inning as three straight singles loaded the bases before Lewis drew a bases loaded walk. Mike McKennon followed with a bloop single over the head of the shortstop and Ryan Saltzgaber plated the third run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
The scoring continued for UTSA in the sixth inning as Sean Danielson singled and stood at second on an error by the left fielder. After stealing third, Voyles fly ball to left center field fell as the two outfielders collided to allow the run to score. With one out, Holdren drove in the second run of the inning with a single to right field.
Two more runs came across in the seventh as Saltzgaber delivered a solo home run to left field and Voyles connected on an RBI single.
UTA finally made some noise in the eighth inning as they batted around and scored three runs on six hits. Boomer Welles started things with a single to left field and Justin Stevens followed with a pinch-hit single to the same spot. Josh McSpadden drove in the first run with a single through the left side. Ryan Nelson and Scott Williams followed with RBI singles before the Mavs left the bases loaded.
Nelson and Welles each collected two hits for the Mavs as they had nine as a team.
Jake Baxter (7-2) took the loss as he allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts in five innings.
The Mavericks and Roadrunners will play the second game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at Roadrunner Field.