NATHAN LONG GUIDES MAVS TO VICTORY, UTA WINS 700TH HOME GAME
May 2, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington baseball program recorded its 700th home victory in a 10-4 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. The Mavericks (25-21, 16-10) grab a 2-0 lead in the series after senior Nathan Long struck out eight and allowed only three base hits in eight innings of work against the Islanders (17-32, 8-18).
The Mavericks and Islanders were scheduled to finished their SLC series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, but 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game Saturday the rain came down to forced game three of the series to be played on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m.
Long, the SLC strikeout leader with 84, struck out at least one batter in seven of his eight innings on the mound. He issued only one walk and collected his eighth start of the season where he pitched at least seven innings.
The Mavericks jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning, a lead they would never relinquish. Michael Choice hit his team-leading 10th homer of the season in the first and drove in two runs with a single through the left side in the second.
Four UT Arlington hitters led the way as Pitschka (2-for-5), Choice (3-for-4), Storms (2-for-4) and Comer (2-for-4) all had multi-hit games, scored runs and drove in at least one run each.
Also leading the way for UT Arlington was senior outfielder Andrew Kainer who moved his school-record hit streak to 33 games - one shy of the SLC record - with a double down the right-field line to lead off the second inning.
The Islanders made the score 6-2 after a run-scoring triple by Ernie Olivarez and an RBI sacrifice bunt by Jacob Perales.
UT Arlington scored an unearned run in the sixth inning and then tallied three on a bases-clearing triple by Matt Otteman in the seventh inning to take a 10-2 lead.
The Mavericks will look for their fourth SLC series sweep of the season on Sunday, as junior Jason Mitchell (3-5) will take the mound for the Mavericks and will face A&M-Corpus Christi right-handed pitcher Trey Hernandez (2-2) in a 2 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark.