April 17, 2010
LAKE CHARLES, La. - UT Arlington used a season-high 22 base hits with every starter recording at least two hits in a 13-3 victory over McNeese State Saturday in front of 873 fans at Cowboy Diamond. UT Arlington (16-20, 9-8 SLC) snapped a five-game losing skid while the Cowboys (20-14, 10-7 SLC) lost at home for the first time since March 24.
Rett Varner (4-4) threw 8.0 innings while allowing three runs (two earned) and scattering seven hits with four strikeouts to pace the Mavericks on the mound.
UTA scored in six of nine innings - with multiple runs in five frames - while coming up clutch at the plate delivering eight, two-out RBI in the game. Nick Orr led the Mavericks going 4-for-6 with three runs, two doubles and a triple while Preston Beck (3-for-6, 2 RBI) and Steffan Guest (3-for-5, 3 RBI) each finished with three hits.
The Mavericks never trailed scoring two in the first and then adding two in the third, a run in the fourth, two in the sixth and three runs in each the eighth and ninth innings. UTA's previous season-high was 20 base hits against BYU (3/4).
UT Arlington finished with a season-high 10 extra-base hits in the game with season-highs in doubles (7) and triples (2) and Chad Comer hit his fourth home run of the season over the scoreboard in left field for a two-run shot in the eighth.
Junior All-American Michael Choice reached base in four of six plate appearances going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, one walk, one hit by pitch, one stolen base and one RBI. Choice has now reached base safely in 48 consecutive games dating back to last season.
After starting the day 0-for-2, Orr tripled and scored in the fourth, led off the sixth with a double to left field, singled through the right side in the seventh and came around to score in the ninth after doubling to left-center field.
Shortstop Jesse Payne went 2-for-6 with a run scored, stolen base and RBI, Comer finished the game 2-for-5 with a first-inning double and homer to tally three RBI. Maverick first baseman Jordan Vaughn went 2-for-4 with a single and double while second baseman Cody Dyvig went 2-for-5 with a double and triple with a run scored.
Third baseman Brian Nephew is now 4-for-9 in the series going 2-for-5 with a run scored and now has two doubles with four RBI in two games against the Cowboys.
Pitching a scoreless ninth inning for UTA was left-handed reliever Brian Watson, who ended the game with a fly out to left field with two runners on base. The scoreless relief appearance was Watson's sixth of the season.
Taking the loss for McNeese State was starter Matt Click (2-2), who gave up seven runs (six earned) on 11 base hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Phil Parcell (2.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R) and Ryan Sampere (1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R) also pitched for the Cowboys.
Due to expected inclement weather Sunday afternoon, UT Arlington and McNeese State will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at Cowboy Diamond. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but due to expected heavy rain fall in the afternoon the game has been moved forward two hours.
The Mavericks posted a season-high 22 base hits... previous high was 20 against BYU (3/4)... last season the Mavericks posted a season-high 22 base hits against Northwood (4/21/09)... 2008 Maverick squad matched school-record 26 base hits against McNeese State (3/7/08)... Mavs had posted at least 17 hits five times this season.
It was the first time in over seven years that all nine UTA starting position players had a multi-hit game... it was the third time this season that all nine starters had a base hit... all nine starters had a base hit against BYU (3/6) and No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana... Mavericks had 17 total hits against both BYU and Southeastern Louisiana.
Amazingly, UTA never had more than three consecutive base hits in the game Saturday and never sent more than seven batters to the plate in an inning (seven batters in 1st inn. and 9th inn.).
Mavericks had 36 total bases, which marked a season-high (previous season-high was 27 vs. BYU - March 4)... Most total bases since totaling 38 last season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 14-4 win (5/3/09).
Nick Orr and Cody Dyvig each hit triples to give the Mavericks a season-high two triples... last season UTA had two triples against Nicholls (3/29/09)... the last time UTA had three triples in a game was against in Arlington against Southeastern Louisiana (3/21/03).
UTA had seven doubles which is a season-high... the last time UTA had seven doubles in a game was against Northwestern State in Arlington on March 2, 2007... The Mavericks tied a school record with nine doubles against Stephen F. Austin in Arlington on May 2, 1993.
Nick Orr tied an individual season-high four base hits, which has been done six previous times this season by Michael Choice, Preston Beck (twice), Chad Comer (twice) and Jesse Payne... the last time a UTA player had five base hits in a game was when Ben Burum notched five against McNeese State in Arlington on April 15, 2006... Burum went 5-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI with three doubles... Burum is the last Maverick to have three doubles in a game, which tied the school's single-game all-time record (has occurred 12 times, six times since 2000).
It was the second time this season UTA has scored at least 10 runs in a road game (10 at Northwestern State, March 28)... UTA scored at least 10 runs in two road games last season and did it five times in 2008.
It was the first time this season the Mavericks had 10 extra-base hits in a game... it was the first time UTA had at least nine extra-base hits since tallying nine against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5/3/09) in Arlington... It was the first 10 extra-base hit game for the Mavs since posting 10 against Northwestern in Arlington on March 2, 2007 (7 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs).