May 8, 2009
BEAUMONT, Texas - Andrew Kainer went 4-for-4 with four RBI and Mitch Putman hit a three-run blast to homer for the third straight game to lead UT Arlington to a 9-4 victory over Lamar on Friday night at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont, Texas. The Mavericks (28-21, 18-10) scored three runs in the third and five in the fifth inning while posting 11 hits and nine runs off Cardinals (32-19, 16-12) ace pitcher Eric Harrington to win their fifth straight game and fourth straight during league action.
The Mavericks move into a tie for second place in the Southland Conference with the victory, as Southeastern Louisiana dropped its game 6-4 on Friday night against Stephen F. Austin in Hammond, La. The Mavs and Southeastern are both 18-10 in league play.
UT Arlington starting pitcher Ryan Robinson notched his team-leading sixth win of the season while pitching eight innings and allowing four runs (two earned), 11 hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Robinson is now 5-1 with 29 strikeouts and three walks in 52.2 innings during conference play.
Kainer continued his tear at the plate going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI. He improves his hit streak to 36 games - the longest streak in the nation this season - and tied the UT Arlington single-season doubles record while collecting his 21st and 22nd double of the season.
Kainer got the Mavs started with a single through the right side in the first inning to score Matt Otteman, who led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Kainer delivered again in the third inning with a double to right-center field which plated two runs. Otteman also scored a run in the third with a single through the left side to give the Mavericks a 4-0 lead.
Lamar scored single runs in four separate innings while leaving eight runners on base. The Mavericks outhit the Cardinals, 12-11, but used a 7-for-13 effort with runners in scoring position to provide them with an overwhelming edge at the plate.
Putman, who now has three homers in his last three contests, went deep with his second straight three-run blast in the fifth inning to put the Mavs ahead 9-2.
Putman was one of six UT Arlington players who recorded a base hit in the inning as Jay Pitschka, Tim Steggall and Michael Choice led off the innings with singles and then Kainer added his second double of the inning before Putman's towering homer to left field. Chad Comer also singled in the inning with a base hit up the middle.
Putman went 1-for-3, Otteman went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Pitschka tallied his fourth straight multi-hit game going 2-for-5 in the lead-off spot in the Mavs' order.
Harrington, who entered the game with a perfect 7-0 record and ranked fourth in the nation with a 1.70 ERA, left the game after pitching five innings and surrendering 11 hits and nine earned runs with one walk and three strikeouts. Harrington had only allowed over four runs on one occasion (4 vs. Sam Houston State) and had never allowed a double-figure base hits total to any opponent this season.
UT Arlington will send Southland Conference strikeout leader Nathan Long (5-3) to the mound on Saturday for a 2 p.m. first pitch against Lamar right-hander Matison Smith (6-4) at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont.