SATURDAY WOES CONTINUE IN EIGHTH INNING COLLAPSE
April 24, 2004
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Saturday woes continued for the Texas-Arlington baseball team as they collapsed in the eighth inning allowing Texas State to score four runs for a 7-6 victory at Bobcat Field. The loss was the Mavs 12th straight loss in San Marcos.
Matt Miller and Mark Cooper started the inning with back-to-back singles off UTA reliever Michael Garza. Blake Pierson then came on and walked Richard Martinez before striking out the next hitter. David Bednarek plated the first run when he reached on an error by Maverick third baseman Daniel Lenihan. Patrick Crumpton would tie the game up with a two-run single back through the box. The game-winning run would score when Dominic Ramos' slow roller to short retired the runner at second and Aaron Cook's throw to first was in the dirt and got passed Ryan Nelson.
UTA (24-19, 9-8 SLC) got on the board in the first inning as Kasey Baker singled up the middle to start the game. With one out, Nelson ripped the first pitch he saw off the left field wall for his 10th double of the season. Baker would come around to score on Paul Bruder's sacrifice fly to left field, just beating the throw from left fielder Matt Miller.
The 'Cats (24-18, 11-5 SLC) tied the game up in the third inning with the help of a Mavs error. Crumpton started the inning with a walk and went to third on Dominic Ramos' double down the right field line. On the next play, Kyle Anson grounded out to Nelson at first, who in-turn tried to double off Ramos at second, threw the ball into left field allowing the run to score. After a passed ball moved Ramos to third, Evan Tierce hit grounder to first and Nelson came up throwing at home to nail Ramos and keep the game tied. The inning ended with Baker making a sliding catch in foul territory down the right field line.
TXST took the lead in the fourth inning as a single by Cooper and a walk by Martinez put two runners on with nobody out. UTA starter Mark Lowe was able to retire the next two hitters before Crumpton's single through the left side scored one and when Dane Ryan's throw got by the catcher at the plate. Ramos followed with a single through the right side to score the third run and chase Lowe from the game.
The Mavs offense finally solved TXST starter Paul Schappert in the sixth inning as they strung together five hits and pushed across five runs in chasing Schappert from the game. Aaron Batlle started the inning with a single to left and hustled to third on Nelson's single to right center field. After Bruder reached on an error allowing Batlle to score, an unsuccessful sacrifice attempt left two runners on with one out. Daniel Macha plated the second run with a double to left center and Brett Lewis followed with a two-run single up the middle and took second on the throw to the plate. Following an infield single by Daniel Lenihan, Carey Avants walked to load the bases and remove Schappert. With two outs, Batlle second plate appearance of the inning resulted in a bases loaded walk to plate the fifth run of the inning.
Nelson was the only Mav player with a pair of hits. Bruder and Lewis each knocked in a pair of runs. Ramos led TXST with three hits, while Crumpton drove in three.
Pierson (3-1) took his first loss of the season as he allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit in one inning of work. Chris Hill (1-0) got the win by allowing one hit over 2.2 innings. Gabe Wisneski earned his second save by retiring the Mavs in order in the ninth.
The Mavs and 'Cats will close out the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Bobcat Field. UTA will send RHP Jake Baxter to the bump, while TXST will counter with LHP Patrick Colgan.