BIG INNINGS, PITCHING KEY TO MAVERICKS GAME-ONE WIN OVER BEARS
April 17, 2009
CONWAY, Ark. - UT Arlington scored four runs in the third and six runs in the ninth inning on its way to an 11-2 series-opening victory over Central Arkansas on Friday night at Bear Stadium in Conway. UT Arlington (20-17, 12-7) left-handed pitcher Ryan Robinson held the Bears (16-18-8-11) scoreless through seven innings on his way to his team-leading fourth victory this season. Friday's game marked the first ever meeting between UT Arlington and Central Arkansas.
The Mavericks had at least one base hit from eight players while outhitting the Bears, 13-9. In the victory, senior designated hitter Andrew Kainer went 2-for-4 to continue his career-high hit streak to 24 games.
The Mavericks pulled ahead early with four runs in the third inning, sparked by a three-run double to left field by catcher Chad Comer. Comer's double made the score 4-0, after UT Arlington scored its first run of the game on an RBI single through the left side by senior Matt Otteman. All of the Mavericks' runs in the inning came with two outs.
Otteman finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored while Comer led all players with four RBI.
Robinson allowed base hits in three of the first seven innings, but never got into trouble allowing only two runners to advance past first base after seven innings of play. Robinson retired the Bears in order in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, and he got out of the third inning on a groundball-double play.
Robinson exited in the eighth inning after issuing four base hits while Central Arkansas scored its two runs of the game. Sophomore lefty Adam Boydston struck out Jonathan Yerby with runners at first and second base to end the Bears' potential scoring threat with the Mavs' holding a 5-2 lead.
The Mavericks followed with their biggest inning of the game, scoring six unearned runs while capitalizing on three Central Arkansas errors. UT Arlington scored its six runs on four hits, including three infield hits in the frame.
Senior Ryan Martin pitched the ninth inning for the Mavericks and finished the game striking out three straight UCA hitters.
Senior left fielder Collin Garner went 3-for-5 with a team-high three runs scored and is now 6-for-12 with seven runs scored during his last three games.
The series will continue on Saturday at 2 p.m. with right-hander Nathan Long (3-2) taking the hill for the Mavericks and will face Central Arkansas righty Bobby Pritchett (3-1).