May 16, 2003
BEAUMONT, Texas...The University of Texas at Arlington designated hitter Kasey Baker put his name in the UTA record books twice on Friday evening as he became the school's single season leader in doubles with 22, and went 5-for-5 as the Mavericks defeated Lamar 7-4 Friday evening at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Baker's five hit performance marked the 26th time in UTA history that a player collected five hits in a game.
The Mavericks got on the board in the top of the first inning as Kasey Baker hit the first pitch of the inning of the game down the right field line for school-record tying 21st double of the season. Aaron Batlle sacrificed Baker over the third and Ryan Roberts reached on a base on balls. Hunter Pence followed with a groundball to shortstop, but hustled down the first base line to beat out the relay throw allowing Baker to score the first run of the game.
The Cardinals answered in the home half of the first as Jeremy Gray reached on a one out base on balls and advanced to third when UTA starting pitcher Ricky Stover threw the ball away at first on a failed pickoff attempt. The Southland Conference leading RBI man made the Mavs pay as he singled through the right side for his 65th RBI of the season.
UTA regained its lead in the fourth inning Darrell Preston singled to center field to start the inning and with one out, Robby Deevers laid down a bunt base hit and both runners advanced on a throwing error by the Cardinal second baseman. With two outs, Baker established a new UTA double's record as he hit his second double down the right field line to plate both runners.
The Mavs extended the lead in the fifth inning as Roberts reached on his third walk of the game, but was erased on a fielder's choice. Pence was able to advance to second base on the play as the relay throw to first went into the dugout. Chris Taylor singled in Pence with a single through the left side, but attempted unsuccessfully to advance to second on the play. With two outs, Preston doubled passed the bag at third and Paul Bruder followed a diving catch in the inning before with a run producing single through the middle.
LU got right back in the game in the fifth inning as two walks and a single loaded the bases with two outs. Stover proceeding to walk in a run before giving way to reliever Pierce Loveless. After giving up a two-run single to John Allen, Loveless got the next batter to groundout to second base to end the inning.
UTA added insurance in the ninth inning as Baker collected his record tying fifth hit of the game to center field. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Roberts drew his fifth walk of the game, second intentionally. After Chris Taylor beat out a two out infield single, Preston was hit by a pitch to give the Mavs a two run lead. Bruder followed with a single to center field to score Roberts, but Taylor was nailed at the plate to end the inning.
Loveless (4-3) picked up the victory by allowing no runs on two hits in four innings of relief. David Talamantez (4-1) took the loss by allowing five runs, three earned, on 10 hits in eight innings pitched. Mike Snapp earned his fifth save of season by retiring the only batter he faced in the game.
Baker collected five hits in going 5-for-5 five with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Preston collected three hits, while Bruder had two base hits and two runs batted in.
The Mavericks and Cardinals close out the regular season tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Vincent-Beck Stadium.