April 14, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - A four-run sixth inning and 4 1/3 strong innings out of the bullpen from Jason Mitchell helped lead UT Arlington to a 5-4 victory over No. 7 Baylor on Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. It is the second straight year the Mavericks have knocked off a top-10 opponent at home and their program's 22nd all-time victory over a top-10 team while snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Bears.
The Mavericks improve to 19-16 overall this season and are now 3-4 against top-25 opponents this season. Baylor drops to 23-11 overall.
"We have had some close ones on Tuesday's and most of them have been on the road against really good teams," head coach Darin Thomas said. "Those close games, losing in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings I knew would get to us or make us better, and I think they have made us a better team."
Jason Mitchell entered the game with the Mavericks down 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning and followed with a season-high 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen while allowing just one run and three hits to earn his third win of the season. Mitchell's four strikeouts is his second highest total of the season and his most coming out of the bullpen. Right-handed pitcher Rett Varner started the game on the mound for the Mavericks.
"I can't say enough about what Mitchell did in long relief," Thomas said. "He just gave up the one run and then Adam came in and shut them down."
Mitchell exited in the top of the ninth inning after allowing a single to pinch hitter Kenton Gedwed with one out. Sophomore Adam Boydston struck out pinch hitter Josh Ludy and then popped up pinch hitter Dan Evatt to right field to earn his fifth save of the season.
"Mitchell gave us a great shot at winning and then we have that one inning where we scored," Thomas said.
Trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, UT Arlington scored four runs - three earned - on four hits, including a two-run single up the middle by Tim Steggall to tie the game and the eventual game-winning RBI from Ryan Davis, who singled through the left side to score Jeff Storms.
Mitchell used the momentum the Maverick hitters' provided by going out in the seventh inning and striking out the side, all on called third strikes.
"It felt good to get out there," Mitchell said. "I had all of my pitches working, I just tried mixing it up. I knew I had a chance of coming in and it feels great to get this win."
UT Arlington designated hitter Andrew Kainer led all players at the plate going 3-for-4 while extending his career-high hit streak to 22 games. Collin Garner had two infield singles and Ryan Davis went 2-for-4.
The Mavericks outhit the Bears, 9-6, while six different Baylor players recorded a base hit. Relief pitcher Craig Fritsch was the losing pitcher after throwing 1/3 innings and allowing three hits, four runs and one walk.
UT Arlington and Baylor will matchup tomorrow in Waco to conclude their two-game series at Baylor Ballpark for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.