April 28, 2013
Next: Baylor at UT Arlington, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. (Clay Gould Ballpark)
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – The Mavericks didn't let falling behind early get them down Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of the three-game series with New Mexico State. UT Arlington kept coming back and downed the Aggies 13-11 to win the series at Presley Askew Field.
The Mavericks scored eight unanswered runs on their way to improving to 24-20 overall and 12-6 in the Western Athletic Conference. UT Arlington, tied with CSU Bakersfield atop the WAC standings, has won four of six league series after taking two of three from New Mexico State.
"Great weekend considering everything we've been through the last 10 days," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "From Seattle to Hunstville to Las Cruces, I thought our guys handled it with maturity and played with the most effort of the 10 days the last day.
"We needed every bit of it. It's a tough place to play. Taking two out of three on the road after a long 10 days is big for us."
The Mavericks return to Clay Gould Ballpark on Tuesday night to face Big 12 member Baylor. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Ryan Walker, Darien McLemore and Travis Sibley each had four hits for the Mavericks, who rallied from 4-0 and 7-4 deficits. Seven Mavs had at least one RBI and eight scored. Chase Weaver (3-1) picked up the win after working four innings of relief.
"We kept fighting and found a way to score," Thomas said. "We laid an egg yesterday (in a 11-1 loss) and that's going to happen every once in a while, especially here. I really thought we bounced back.
"Now we get to play a couple of weekends at home. We're tied for first. That's all you can ask for."
The Aggies (24-21, 9-9) took a 4-0 lead in the second, taking advantage of an error on a potential double-play ball. Joseph Koerper had the big blow, a two-run triple into the gap in right-center off UTA starter Keegan Hucul.
The Aggies scored three runs over the next two innings to lead 7-4. Hucul was chased in the fourth and replaced by Weaver. The Mavericks had two errors in the fourth, including a dropped popup that allowed NMSU to score its last run in the inning.
The Mavericks answered with five runs in the fifth, as the first five batters got aboard. McLemore, John Michael Twichell, Walker and Shortall had run-scoring hits. Miller had a sac fly that brought in the go-ahead run.
UT Arlington upped its lead to 12-7 with a three-run sixth. McClemore started things off with a double to right-center and scored on Twichell's RBI fielder's choice. Walker's single up the middle scored Twichell, and Walker came home on an error.
NMSU pulled with 12-9 with two runs in the sixth, but the Mavericks got a run back in the top of the seventh Sibley's sac fly. Daniel Milliman pitched the final 1.1 innings to notch his first save.
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