Pritchard's stellar relief outing lifts Baseball to win
April 17, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - UT Arlington got 7.0 scoreless inning in relief from Calan Pritchard on Sunday during its 4-2 win over McNeese State to take the rubber match of the series at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Pritchard struck out five while allowing just one hit and two walks, earning his third win of the season. The southpaw also retired the final 17 batters he faced.
"I thought Calan did an excellent job of giving us a chance to come back from the early hole," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "He gave us the type of outing to allow us to earn the biggest win of our season so far.
"Especially with so many teams bunched up together toward the top of the standings, winning series is really important right now. Today was a huge win and I was really happy to see how our team rebounded from yesterday."
The Mavericks (20-17, 10-8) broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Jordan Vaughn. Ryan Walker drove home an insurance run later in the inning when his line drive tipped off Jace Peterson's glove on the shortstop's jumping attempt. Peterson threw Philip Incaviglia, who had to freeze on the liner, out at second, but the fielder's choice brought home Chad Comer.
The Mavs scored each of their first two runs on bases-loaded hit batsmen, with Comer getting hit both times.
McNeese (18-20, 8-10) scored twice in the first inning on four consecutive two-out hits. Seth Granger's double and Nick Eubanks' single drove home the two Cowboys runs and knocked UTA starter John Beck out of the game.
UT Arlington pulled to within a run in the first on Comer's first of two RBI hit batsmen.
Boydston's save marked his seventh this season and the 16th of his career, tying him for third in UTA history with David Sobczak. The southpaw is now seven saves behind program record-holder Mike Snapp, who recorded 23 from 2001-04.
Preston Beck and Walker led the Mavs with two hits. Beck scored a run and Walker drove one in.
Incviglia reached base three times and stole a couple bases.
UT Arlington hosts Houston Baptist on Tuesday night at 6:30 at Clay Gould Ballpark.