April 20, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – Lance Day pitched another gem to lead UT Arlington past Northwestern State 3-1 Friday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks continued a trend of getting off to quick starts in Southland Conference series, winning their fourth straight league opener. UTA is a season-high 10 games over .500 at 24-14 overall and 11-8 in conference.
The Demons (14-21, 10-9) came into the series tied for third in the SLC with UTA, Central Arkansas and McNeese State.
Day, the SLC leader in victories, improved his record to 8-1 with a seven-inning effort. The senior ace was pulled one batter into the eighth after allowing a leadoff walk. Day didn't give up a run, struck out four and gave up just four hits.
"Lance went out and really competed," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "It's great to get a Friday win. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going."
The Demons made it interesting in the ninth after two quick outs. Northwestern State scored and had the bases loaded before UTA reliever Adam Westbrook ended the game with a strikeout.
Preston Beck scored the Mavericks' first run in the first after a two-out double. Three walks followed to get UTA on the board.
The Mavericks scrapped another two runs across in the fifth, giving Day all the run support he needed. Beck and Ryan Walker each had two hits for UTA.
The series continues Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.
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