MAVERICKS FALL 3-1, KAINER'S HIT STREAK ENDS AT 36 GAMES
May 9, 2009
BEAUMONT, Texas - The UT Arlington bats went silent as Lamar pitchers Matison Smith and Ricky Testa combined to allow only four hits in Lamar's 3-1 victory over UT Arlington on Saturday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont, Texas. Senior Andrew Kainer also had his 36-game hit streak come to an end on Saturday while not recording a hit for the first time since March 6.
The Mavericks drop to 28-22 overall and to 18-11 in the Southland Conference. Lamar improves to 33-19 overall and to 17-12 in league play.
As Kainer's hit streak comes to an end he finishes a streak that stands as the UT Arlington and Southland Conference all-time record. His 36-game hit streak is the longest in NCAA Division I this season and ranks just outside of the top 12 in the history of the NCAA. Kainer batted .455 (66-for-145) with 29 runs, 19 doubles, three home runs, 35 RBI, nine walks and 13 stolen bases during his streak.
Lamar scored the game's first run on an RBI single by Quentin Luquette in the bottom of the first inning. The game remained scoreless until the Mavs plated their only run in the seventh inning on a throwing error by Cardinals third baseman Chris Dunkin.
The Cardinals scored immediately to break the 1-1 tie on a wild pitch by Mavericks starter Nathan Long in the bottom of the seventh. With eight strikeouts in the game, Long moves into a tie for sixth place on the all-time UT Arlington single-season strikeouts list with 92 - which currently leads the Southland Conference.
Lamar scored its final run with an RBI single in the eighth inning off Mavericks' relief pitcher Brian Watson. Long pitched seven innings while scattering eight hits and two runs with two walks. Watson allowed two hits and one run with a strikeout in 0.1 innings pitched.
Sophomore center fielder Michael Choice led the Mavericks with an infield single in the first and a single up the middle in the ninth while going 2-for-4. Chad Comer (1-for-3) and Matt Otteman (1-for-3, 1 run) were the only other Mavericks to record a base hit.
UT Arlington will look for its seventh SLC series victory with a win on Sunday as junior right-handed pitcher Jason Mitchell (4-5) will start for the Mavericks in a 1 p.m. first pitch against Lamar on Sunday at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont.
NCAA History - Consecutive Hitting Streaks