May 15, 2011
BEAUMONT, Tex. - Wade Mathis capped a three-run ninth inning with a walk-off single to right-center field, giving Lamar a 5-4 win over UT Arlington on Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
The Cardinals trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but rallied to tie the score on Aaron Buchanon's two-run double. Ted Zentek singled to left, allowing Buchanon to reach third base with one out.
That set the stage for Mathis, who gave Lamar (28-23, 14-16) the win and the sweep.
The loss marked the ninth consecutive for the Mavericks, who dropped to ninth place when UTSA beat McNeese State. The top eight teams qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament.
UT Arlington wasted a strong outing from Collin Reynolds, who fired 8.0-plus innings, holding Lamar to three runs on eight hits. The right-hander walked three and struck out seven. He was in line for his fourth win of the season when he left the game after a leadoff double in the ninth.
Instead, the Cardinals exploded for three runs to take a pivotal game.
UT Arlington (25-27, 13-17) scored three runs in the first inning, putting itself in position to salvage a game in the series.
Jesse Payne started the scoring in the big first inning when he brought home Michael Guerra with an RBI groundout. Aaron Buchanon's throwing error allowed Preston Beck to score on the play as well. Chad Comer followed with an RBI single to right field to knock out Lamar starter Shan Hamaker.
After that, however, Kane Benoit and Stephen Tromblee combined to hold the Mavs to one run over the final 8.2 innings.
Jordan Vaughn provided UT Arlington with its lone run after the first. He extended the UTA lead to 4-2 in the eighth when he mashed an RBI double down the left-field line to drive in Comer.
Tromblee threw 6.1 innings in earning the win.
Lamar scored runs in the first and third before striking for three in the ninth.
Beck and Comer led the Mavericks with a pair of hits. Comer also threw out a couple attempted base-stealers.
Ted Zentek paced the Cardinals (27-24, 13-17) with three hits and a run scored.
UT Arlington plays again Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. when it travels to play No. 11 Texas A&M.
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