April 16, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – A seven-run fourth inning doomed the Mavericks as UT Arlington fell 11-4 Tuesday night to TCU at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks (20-16) had its four-game winning streak came to an end with its second loss to TCU (17-20) this season. The teams combined for 10 runs in the fourth inning, seven from the Horned Frogs and three from UTA. TCU added another three in the eighth off of a home run.
The Mavs return to action on Friday when they travel to Seattle U for a Western Athletic Conference series.
"There was zero positive," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "Guys are getting chances and chances and chances and the guys have to step up. If we don't pitch better we don't have a chance. You can't get down 7-0 and expect to win."
Matt Shortall notched three hits, while Ryan Walker and John Michael Twichell each had a pair of hits for UTA. Starting pitcher John Beck went 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs - three earned - on seven hits with a strikeout. Brent Bollinger would pitch 2.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout, allowing three hits.
Four consecutive singles for the Horned Frogs helped open up their scoring in the fourth. Jantzen Witte sent a single to left-center field to score TCU’s first run and Derek Odell brought in two with a hit to the same location. An error extended the inning and a double brought in two to give TCU a 7-0 lead.
The Mavericks responded in the bottom half by loading the bases with none out. Greg McCall sent a 3-2 pitch through the right side of the infield to score UTA’s first run and Brandon Lawrence brought in Shortall from third on a sacrfice fly. UTA plated another run on the next pitch, as Justin Copeland scored on a wild pitch.
UTA would load the bases for a second time in the inning after a hit batter. However, a Mavericks pop up to second ended the threat.
"We need one more hit and we would have been right back in it," Thomas said. "We still had a lot of game left."
TCU extended its lead back to seven in the eighth inning with a home run over the right field wall, just inside the foul pole.
The Horned Frogs and Mavericks conclude their three-game season series on May 14 when UTA travels to face TCU at Lupton Stadium in Forth Worth.