ERROR PROVES COSTLY
May 13, 2006
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Cody Merrell's sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Texas State a run in their third straight inning as they rallied to defeat UT-Arlington 6-5 Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Field.
Cassidy Dresch started the inning by reaching on a two-base throwing error by the third baseman. Kyle Jones followed by reaching on a bunt single that put runners on the corners with no outs.
UTA went to lefty Ryan Riddle out of the pen who came in and struck out Luke Cannon. Merrell followed with the fly ball to right that was caught by David Newby who threw the ball home ahead of the runner, but the throw was up the third base line allowing the winning run to score.
UTA (23-30, 16-11 SLC) got on the board in the second inning as Robby Winn extended his hit-streak to 16 games with a leadoff single to right center. Danny Slinkman followed with a base on balls and Daniel Rieder followed with a three-run shot over the right field wall for his second home run in as many days.
TXST (25-27, 17-9 SLC) came back to tie the game in fourth as a pair of walks surrounded a base hit to load the bases with one out. Thomas Field was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run an d Dresch delivered a sacrifice fly to right field. Jones drove in the third run with a single through the left side.
The Mavs took advantage of some wildness in the seventh inning as David McLeod struck out with one out, but reached on the wild pitch. Adam Moore followed with a double into the gap in right center. Winn drove in McLeod with a chopper to short and was safe as the throw got passed the first baseman. The error was costly as Moore advanced to third on the play and scored three pitches later on the second wild pitch of the inning.
The Cats got a run back in the home-half of the inning as Dresch reached second on a two-base throwing error and later scored on a groundout to short off the bat of Cannon.
TXST battled back to tie the score for the second time in the contest as Dawid Bednarek hit a solo shot to left field in the eighth, his first home run since 2004.
Brandon Endsley (0-2) took the loss as he allowed one unearned run. He faced two batters and did not record an out. David Wood (2-1) picked up the victory as he allowed two hits in one inning of work.
The Mavs and Bobcats will close out the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Bobcat Field.