MAVERICKS WIN AGAIN, EXTEND STREAK TO SEVEN WITH 8-5 VICTORY AGAINST SLU
April 19, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - UT Arlington senior first baseman David McLeod delivered a two-out single to put the Mavericks ahead, and Michael Choice followed with a double to make it comfortable in the bottom of the eighth, and the Mavericks held on for an 8-5 victory Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
It was McLeod's third hit of the day to go along with two doubles in the Southland Conference game. His two-out hit was also par for the course for UTA, which all eight runs with two outs. The Choice hit closed out a 2-for-3 day that included a triple. Matt Otteman added two hits and two runs batted in.
With the victory, UTA won for the seventh consecutive time and assures itself a third consecutive series victory in conference play. Game 3 of the three-game set is Sunday at 1 p.m.
Andy Sauter takes the mound for the Mavericks, who will try to win for the 13th time in their past 15 games.
"I thought we came out flat for the first time in a couple of weeks, but we eventually came out of it," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "Matt, David and Michael got the job done again. They've been doing it all year long."
UTA (19-20, 10-7) battled through deficits of 2-0 and 4-3 before a 5-5 score remained locked in from the end of the fifth through the eighth. UTA needed its bullpen to come up big, and the combination of Ryan Martin and Adam Boydston (2-0) held SLU (19-18, 8-9) without a run for the final four innings.
UTA erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring a run in the second, then continuing a hot hitting streak with two more in the third.
The Mavericks did all their damage to Southeastern starter Josh Black with two outs. McLeod started it with a double to center, and Choice followed with a triple to the gap in left-center. Choice later scored on a wild pitch, and UTA had made it 3-2.
"Our pitchers did a great job of keeping us in it until we were able to score," McLeod said. "We just kept fighting at the plate and got it done. We still have a ways to go and some things to improve, but we're headed in the right direction."
In the fifth inning, it looked like the Lions had taken control of the game off Mavericks starter Nathan Long.
Consecutive singles put runners on for Ty Summerlin, who smacked a homer to right, giving the Lions a 5-3 edge. UTA reliever Martin entered in place of Long and got out of the inning without further trouble
UTA made it a brand new ballgame with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Again, the Mavericks came through with two outs. Collin Garner hit a one-out single, advanced to second on an error and went to third on a wild pitch. After a two-out Choice walk, Danny Slinkman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Otteman followed with the biggest hit of the day to that point with a single to left to tie it, 5-5.
Ryan LeBlanc (1-3) took the loss for the Lions.