April 30, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - After trailing 7-3 through five innings, UT Arlington scored 10 unanswered runs to defeat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 13-7 in the Southland Conference series opener Friday afternoon at Chapman Field.
The win gives the Mavericks their sixth in a row during conference play, and marks their first win against the Islanders in Corpus Christi since a 7-6 win on March 15, 2005.
Jordan Vaughn led the Mavericks (21-22, 14-8 SLC) going 5-for-6 with three RBI while Preston Beck went 3-for-6 with a double and four RBI in the victory. The Islanders (18-25, 8-14 SLC) used six pitchers that combined allowed 16 base hits and 10 walks in the loss.
UT Arlington right-handed pitcher Jason Mitchell pitched his fourth complete game of the season after striking out 10 batters in 9.0 innings while allowing seven runs and scattering 12 hits. Mitchell has struck out at least 10 batters in consecutive starts and now has 93 strikeouts on the season, just 11 shy of tying the Mavericks single-season record (Nathan Long, 104 - 2009).
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored a run in the first and tacked on five in the fourth inning on four base hits. UTA scored its first two runs with an RBI single from Brian Nephew in the second and with and RBI single from Preston Beck in the third inning.
Beck followed with an RBI double in the fifth inning before TAMCC made the score 7-3 on Caleb Marx' first career home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth.
Jesse Payne led off the sixth inning with his fifth home run of the season to right field and Vaughn followed later in the inning with an RBI single through the right side to cut the Islanders' lead to 7-5.
Payne finished the game a triple shy of hitting for the cycle going 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI. Payne doubled to center in the second, homered in the sixth and singled in the seventh inning.
UTA broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning which brought nine batters to the plate. Vaughn again led the charge with a two-run single up the middle - his third hit in as many innings - to cap the seventh inning which gave UTA a 9-7 advantage.
Islanders' reliever Jake Olier (0-1) was the losing pitcher allowing two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings on the hill.
Mitchell settled in allowing only three base runners, none of which advanced to second base, during the final four innings. Mitchell retired 11 of the final 14 Islanders from the sixth to ninth inning with only five balls leaving the infield.
The Mavericks posted four runs in the ninth inning on three base hits.
Cody Dyvig (2-for-5) led off the inning with a single through the right side. Vaughn, who reached base six times in the game, hit a fly ball to left field that was dropped by Marx which advanced Dyvig to third base.
That allowed TAMCC to walk Michael Choice for the third time in the game - second intentional walk - to load the bases for Beck with one out. Beck delivered a two-run single through the right side before he and Choice scored on Steffan Guest's second double of the game, which was driven down the right-field foul line.
Guest went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, while Choice went 0-for-3 but scored a run and was walked three times. Choice leads the nation with 55 walks and now needs only six walks to tie the UTA single-season record (Dave Owen, 61 - 1978). He owns a school-record with 15 intentional walks this season which moves his career total to 20, which is also a career UTA record.
Choice has also now reached base safely in 55 consecutive games dating back to last season.
Vaughn became the first Maverick since 2006 to have five base hits in a game. Vaughn singled to center field in the first, had an infield single in the third, singled to right field in the fifth, singled through the right side in the sixth and singled up the middle in the seventh. The last UTA player with five hits was Ben Burum, who went 5-for-5 with three runs, three doubles and four RBI against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. on April 15, 2006. Vaughn also tied a career-high with three RBI in the game.
The Mavericks' 10 walks were a season-high and was the first time since 2008 (at UTSA, 3/30/08 - 14 walks) they had walked at least 10 times in a game.
UT Arlington and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will continue their Southland Conference series on Saturday, May 1, at Chapman Field with a 2 p.m. scheduled first pitch.
UT Arlington has won six straight Southland Conference games... The Mavericks won seven in a row last season (March 15-29, 2009)... Mavericks scored 10 unanswered runs for the first time since scoring 15 unanswered runs against BYU (3/14/10)... Mavericks have scored double-figure runs in back-to-back conference road series (13 at A&M-Coprus Christi - 13 at McNeese State)... the last time UTA scored at least 10 runs in back-to-back conference road series was in 2008 when they did it in four straight conference road series (14 at UTSA - 13 & 10 at McNeese State - 18 at Northwestern State - 13 at Stephen F. Austin)... UTA overcame a deficit of four runs to win for the first time this season when trailing 6-2 after four innings... the last time the Mavericks overcame a deficit of four runs was last season at Nicholls (trailed 4-0, won 6-5 - 3/28/09)... The Mavericks have had at least 15 hits in a game during three straight conference weekends.