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BSB: Mavs fall to Frogs 2-1

John Michael Twitchell tied the ballgame with a single in the top of the sixth.

John Michael Twitchell tied the ballgame with a single in the top of the sixth.

May 14, 2013

By Taylor Wright |

FORT WORTH, Texas – The UT Arlington Mavericks fell to 27-25 on the year with a 2-1 loss to TCU Tuesday.

Despite only scoring one run, eight of nine Maverick batters had a hit in the contest against TCU. John Michael Twichell singled to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning after the Horned Frogs earned a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Matt Shortall and Greg McCall were the only Mavs with two hits in the 2-1 loss.

John Beck earned the loss and fell to 1-6 on the season. He pitched 3.2 innings in relief for starting pitcher Chad Nack and allowed one run on one hit with four strikeouts.

Back-to-back singles from the Frogs would put runners at the corners for Nack in the bottom of the first inning. The Mavs were able to roll a double play but not before the run would score to give TCU an early 1-0 lead. A UTA single, fielder’s choice and hit by pitch would load the bases for the Mavericks with two outs in the top of the second inning but a grounder would end the scoring threat.

Ryan Walker tagged a one-out single over the Frogs’ first baseman and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt in an attempt to plate the first UTA run of the game. But a strike out swinging would end the Maverick half of the fifth inning.

McCall recorded the fifth hit of the game for UT Arlington with a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. Brandon Copeland followed up with a single to put Mavs on the corner with no out. Twichell singled into right field to plate a run and tie the ballgame, 1-1. Travis Sibley kept the rally going with a two-out single to load the bases full of Mavericks but a strikeout would strand three.

Shortall and McCall both notched their second hits of the contest with one out in the top of the seventh inning. A traditional 6-4-3 double play from TCU would end yet another Maverick scoring rally. Beck allowed his first base runner of his relief outing with a hit by pitch in the bottom of the eighth.

A sacrifice bunt and a single would put Frogs on the corners with one-out. TCU would lay down a squeeze bunt to take the lead 2-1 and head coach Darin Thomas began playing pitching match-ups by bringing in Kennedy Winn followed by Brent Bollinger.

The Mavericks will conclude regular season WAC play this weekend at Sacramento State with a three-game series beginning Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. UT Arlington will be fighting to earn a top seed in the WAC Tournament to take place at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie May 22-26.




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