April 28, 2009
STILLWATER, Okla. - Senior Andrew Kainer singled through the ride side in the top of the ninth inning to extend his UT Arlington all-time hit streak record to 31 games in the Mavericks 6-2 loss at No. 26 Oklahoma State on Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater. The Cowboys (29-17) pitching duo of Thomas Keeling and Jared Starks held the Mavericks (23-21) to four hits - matching a season low - in Oklahoma State's 13th midweek win this season.
The Mavericks scored runs in the second and sixth innings, which were the only two innings that Oklahoma State didn't retire the Mavericks' lead-off batter. UT Arlington took the game's first lead on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Ryan Davis, who scored Kainer after he led off the frame with a walk to give UT Arlington a 1-0 lead.
It didn't take the Pokes long to answer as they scored five runs in the third inning of Mavericks starting pitcher Rett Varner. The Cowboys had six base hits in the inning - five of which scored runs - as OSU sent all nine batters to the plate in the inning.
Varner pitched five innings while allowing eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk. He exited the game after striking out three Cowboys in the fifth inning.
The Mavericks pushed their second run across in the sixth inning on a deep sacrifice fly to center field sophomore Michael Choice. Senior second baseman Jay Pitschka led off the sixth inning with a single through the left side. Pitschka was the only UT Arlington player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4.
UT Arlington lefty Adam Boydston pitched a season-high three innings in relief and recorded a career-high six strikeouts against the 26th-ranked Cowboys.
Boydston retired OSU in order in the sixth while striking out two batters in all three innings pitched. The only hit Boydston allowed accounted for OSU's only run off the sophomore reliever as third baseman Tyrone Hambly homered to left-center field in the seventh inning.
Besides Pitschka's two-hit performance and Evan Raley's single in the second inning, the Mavericks offensive highlight came in the ninth when Kainer kept his school-record hit streak alive with a single in his final at-bat of the game.
Kainer walked on four pitches in the second, struck out on a 2-2 pitch in the fourth and went down swinging with a full count in the seventh inning before his ninth-inning at-bat.
Kainer's ground-ball single through the right side came on a 1-1 pitch off OSU relief pitcher Jared Starks, who pitched the final 2.2 innings to record his first save of the season. Starks allowed only two base hits and struck out three in his outing.
Kainer now trails the all-time Southland Conference hit streak record by three games, as Nicholls State's Brett Lockwood set the SLC mark with a 34-game hit streak in 1996.
UT Arlington will return home for the start of a four-game homestand on Friday, May 1, with the first game of a three-game Southland Conference series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. The Mavericks and Islanders will play on Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).