April 27, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. - UT Arlington lost 10-1 at Oklahoma State on Tuesday evening at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Cowboys (24-16) used 14 base hits, including three home runs, and an 11-strikeout performance from lefty Mike Strong to hand the Mavericks (20-22) their sixth consecutive midweek loss.
Junior All-American Michael Choice used an eighth inning double to right-center field to extend his reaching base safely streak to 54 games dating back to last season. Choice finished the game 1-for-4, collecting a double in his last at-bat. The last time Choice didn't reach base with either a base hit/walk/hit by pitch was against Oklahoma State going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly a year ago in Stillwater (4/28/09).
Junior left-handed pitcher Mark Picca (1-5) took the loss for the Mavericks pitching 6.0 innings while allowing eight runs on 12 hits with four strikeouts.
Strong (4-1) was dominating for the Cowboys as he pitched 7.0 innings, scattering six hits without giving up a run and issuing one walk with a career-high 11 strikeouts.
After Oklahoma State grabbed a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, three of the Cowboys' next four runs came on solo home runs. Dusty Harvard homered to right field in the third, Dean Green went deep to right-center field in the fourth and cleanup batter Mark Ginther led off the sixth with a solo home run to right.
Vaughn led off the Mavericks' eighth inning with a single to center field and then advanced to third base on Choice's double to right-center field. Beck grounded out to third base to score Vaughn for the Mavs only run, making the score 9-1.
UTA relievers Garrett Laird and Stephen Krolick pitched the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, as both right-handers allowed a run on one base hit.
UT Arlington continues its four-game road swing as they pick up Southland Conference action at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, April 30-May 2 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Mavericks and Islanders will open their Southland Conference series Friday, April 29, with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Chapman Field.