April 30, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington picked up its second nonconference win in as many days, beating Arlington Baptist 16-3 Wednesday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks improved to 22-24 going into this weekend's Sun Belt Conference series at UALR. UTA outscored Texas Wesleyan and Arlington Baptist 27-6 in the two wins this week.
"We've had some north wind here the last couple of days and swung the bats," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "Anytime you're playing midweek games you want to score. We've had some pretty good luck with that this year."
The Mavericks had a shaky bottom of the first defensively, as the Patriots (24-28) scored twice against UTA starter Zach Thompson. The Mavericks rebounded quickly in their first at-bat, scoring a season-high 10 runs in the bottom of the inning.
UTA pounded out nine hits in the first, including home runs from John Michael Twichell and Matt Shortall. Twichell's three-run shot soared over the bushes in right field, while Shortall's two-run bomb cleared Park Row.
The Mavericks added three more runs in the fourth, two coming on Darien McLemore's single to right. Three runs in the fifth closed out a season-high scoring effort for UTA. The game was called due to the run rule in the seventh inning.
Shortall, Twichell and Travis Sibley led UTA's 18-hit attack with three hits each. Twichell also had five RBI. Thompson (3-4) earned the win.