April 30, 2013
Next: Dallas Baptist at UT Arlington, Friday, 6:30 p.m. (Clay Gould Ballpark)
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington couldn't make an early lead stand up in Tuesday night's 6-4 loss to Baylor at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks dropped to 24-21 after their second loss to the Bears this month. UT Arlington is 2-7 against Big 12 teams this season. Baylor improved to 25-20 after its fifth straight win.
UT Arlington managed seven hits and couldn't take enough advantage out of 14 walks. The Bears had 11 hits against four UTA pitchers
"It's very frustrating," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said of 14 men left on base. "We had a million chances."
The Mavericks staked starter John Beck to a 2-0 lead after the first inning on Matt Shortall's fifth home run of the season. The two-run blast to left off BU starter Sterling Wynn scored Ryan Walker, who walked to lead off the inning.
The Bears were out in front by the fourth inning. Back-to-back singles, a groundout, a sacrifice fly and a double down the third-base line knotted the contest 2-2 in the third. A double, wild pitch and groundout put Baylor on up 3-2 in the fourth.
Chad Nack replaced Beck to start the sixth and the Bears added another run. A pair of throwing errors by the Mavericks led to the score that put BU up 4-2. Baylor's lead grew to 6-2 in the eighth against reliever Daniel Milliman.
The Mavericks had the winning run on the bases in the ninth with two outs. Brent Bollinger's RBI single cut Baylor's lead to 6-3 before UTA loaded the bases. Jake Pinchback came in to pinch hit and walked to force in a run to pull the Mavericks within two runs.
The Bears turned to left-handed reliever Crayton Bare with lefty John Michael Twichell up. Twichell struck out in an eight-pitch at-bat.
"The biggest thing I take from it is we made a run at the end and we have a big weekend coming up," Thomas said. "We can't dwell on it."
The Mavericks resume Western Athletic Conference action Friday with the start of a three-game series against Dallas Baptist. UT Arlington is tied for first in the WAC at 12-6.