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Baseball rallies past Houston Baptist, 7-6

Jesse Payne's two-run triple tied the game in the ninth, setting up Chad Comer's walk-off single.

 
Jesse Payne's two-run triple tied the game in the ninth, setting up Chad Comer's walk-off single.
 

April 19, 2011

Final Stats

ARLINGTON, Tex. - It took seven innings, but the UT Arlington bats came to life just in time to lift the Mavericks past Houston Baptist for a 7-6 comeback win Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Chad Comer's walk-off RBI single with no outs in the ninth drove in Jesse Payne and allowed UTA to steal a win.

Payne, just one pitch earlier, tied the game with a two-run triple into the right-center field gap. Preston Beck and Brian Nephew who each singled to start the decisive frame, scored on the play.

The Mavs (21-17) trailed 6-2 entering the eighth inning and won for the first time this season when trailing after eight innings.

"I thought we started stringing together some good at-bats in the eighth," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "We struggled a little offensively earlier in the game but we really came together late in the game and did enough to get the win."

UT Arlington plated a pair of runs in the eighth - on Philip Incaviglia's RBI single and Ryan Walker's sacrifice fly. The Mavs left two runners on base, but the runs set the stage for the comeback in the ninth.

Michael Morales and Chase Weaver also made the comeback possible. Both relievers threw a scoreless inning, though Morales' came with a greater degree of difficulty.

Morales allowed the first two runners to reach base and had runners on the corners with no outs. He worked out of the jam by earning a couple strikeouts and then getting a groundball out.

 

 

Weaver earned his first collegiate win by working a perfect ninth that included a pair of strikeouts.

Houston Baptist (8-26) seemingly took control of the game in the seventh when it broke a 2-2 tie with a four-spot in the inning. Beau Warren supplied the big hit with a two-run double down the right-field line. Asai Adame tacked on another run with an RBI single later in the frame.

The Mavericks scored their first two runs when Walker smacked a two-out double to plate Comer and Incaviglia.

However, the UT Arlington defense failed to hold the early 2-0 lead. Houston Baptist scored an unearned run in the third when Kolby Arnst followed a pair of errors with an RBI single.

The Huskies tied the game in the fifth on a two-out passed ball.

The Mavericks managed just five hits off Tyler McCarty and could not take advantage of four walks and three hit batsmen. They left eight runners on base through the first six innings.

Incaviglia went 3-for-3 with an RBI, a hit batsman and a stolen base.

Walker went 1-for-4 with three RBI. He is now tied for the team lead in RBI despite batting in the leadoff spot for most of the season.

UT Arlington plays again Thursday when it travels to Central Arkansas for a three-game Southland Conference series. First pitch Thursday is set for 6 p.m.

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