UT Arlington falls at No. 2 Texas
April 20, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - UT Arlington suffered a 21-2 loss at No. 2 Texas on Tuesday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The Longhorns (31-7) scored 16 runs between the fifth and eighth inning to extend their win streak to 13 games, which is their longest win streak since 2005, while UTA (17-21) dropped its fifth in a row during midweek competition.
Texas scored four runs in the fifth and sixth innings and notched eight runs in the eighth frame to secure its second straight victory against UTA.
Left-handed reliever Andrew McKirahan (2-1) was the winning pitcher throwing the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed just one base hit in 2.1 innings of work.
Junior left-handed pitcher Mark Picca (1-4) took the loss for UT Arlington allowing five runs (two earned) on six base hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Junior third baseman Brian Nephew extended his career-high hit streak to eight games going 2-for-3. Freshman right fielder Preston Beck went 2-for-3, which included an RBI triple to right-center field in the sixth inning. Beck now owns a five-game hit streak where he has batted .417 (10-for-24).
UT Arlington junior All-American Michael Choice reached base in three of his four plate appearances going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Choice has now reached base safely in 50 consecutive games dating back to last season. Choice, who entered the game tied for the national lead in walks, was issued his 48th and 49th walks of the season in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively. Choice doubled to right-center field in his final at-bat in the eighth inning.
The Mavericks and Longhorns each used six pitchers in the game. Texas' 21 runs and 21 hits are the most allowed in a game by the Mavericks this season.
UT Arlington opens a weekend homestand Friday, April 23, hosting Central Arkansas for a Southland Conference series at Clay Gould Ballpark. The series opener is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch in Arlington.