May 3, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - UT Arlington pitcher Nathan Long went the distance and set a new career high with nine strikeouts, but it wasn't enough in a 3-0 loss against Nicholls State on Saturday at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Nicholls State (8-3, 3-20) had its own stellar pitching performance by Bryan Myers, who held the Mavericks (21-26, 12-11) to five hits for the complete-game victory. The senior right-hander struck out eight and walked none as the Colonels tied the three-game Southland Conference series at one game apiece.
Game 3 of the series is Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
"I could say that we just didn't swing the bats well, but that would be taking something away from their guy, and he pitched a great game," UTA head coach Darin Thomas said. "You have to give him all the credit. Nathan pitched a great game as well. The other guy was just a little better today."
Long (4-4) and Myers (2-4) battled through a scoreless game until the fourth inning when Anthony Wray hit a two-out, solo homer to left. Two innings later, three consecutive hits put the Mavericks down 3-0. That would be more than enough for Myers, who did run into a jam in the ninth when the Mavericks loaded the bases. But a fielder's choice grounder got one out and home, and a strikeout ended the game.
After the Nicholls State series, UTA takes a break from mid-week games before heading to Nacogdoches to play a 3 p.m. game Friday against the Lumberjacks.