SEVENTH INNING SENDS MAVS TO SECOND-STRAIGHT LOSS
April 30, 2006
HAMMOND, La. - Just moments after UT-Arlington tied the game in top of the seventh inning, Southeastern Louisiana responded with four runs in the bottom-half of the inning to take the game and the series from the Mavs, 11-4, Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field.
SLU loaded the bases with one out in the inning before a four-pitch strikeout for the second out. With the count 0-2 on the next hitter, the runner was caught off first and when the throw went to first, the runner broke for the plate and narrowly beat the throw.
That just opened the flood gates as Kyle Ginn followed with a two-run double just inside the bag at third and Jason Waguespack singled to right field to drive in another run. After a pitching change, Tony Suarez delivered a two-run shot to left field.
The Lions (18-26, 9-12 SLC) got on the board in the third inning as Ty Summerlin singled up the middle and was sacrificed over to second. Ryan Spencer drove in the run with a single back through the box.
UTA (20-27, 13-9 SLC) answered back with a run of their own in the fourth as Adam Moore reached on a fielding error by the third baseman on a hard-hit ball. Ben Burum followed with a double off the wall in right center and Robby Winn drove in the run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
SLU quickly regained the lead in the fourth as Jason Waguespack doubled to start the inning and scored on Bryan Frichter's two-run shot to left center.
UTA used the long ball to get back into the game in the seventh as Danny Slinkman hit a solo shot to right field and Kyle Rudy followed two batters later with a solo shot to left field. It is the third straight game with a home run for Rudy, marking the first time a Maverick has done that since Ryan Roberts in March of 2003.
The Mavs added another run in the eighth inning as Burum delivered a solo shot over the wall in right center.
Chris Taylor (2-4) took the loss as he gave up eight runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings. He walked two and struck out nine. Matt Greenwich (3-2) picked up the victory as he allowed one run on two hits in 2.1 innings of relief.
The Mavs return to the diamond on May 2 when they travel to take on Baylor. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.