May 22, 2003
MONROE, Louisiana...The University of Texas at Arlington baseball team played two different games on Thursday evening as they fell behind 8-0 after the first five innings, but rallied to outscore Louisiana-Monroe 15-2 over the final four innings for a come from behind 15-10 classic victory at Indian Field
The Mavericks (35-23) took their first lead of the game in eighth inning as Ryan Roberts started the inning with a single through the left side. The base hit was Roberts' 90th hit of the season, which surpasses the single season record of 89 set by Matt Mize in the 1999 season. After a wild pitch moved Roberts to second, Hunter Pence doubled off the right field wall to tie the game up. Darrell Preston advanced Pence to third with a groundout to short. Paul Bruder put the Mavs ahead to stay with a double to straight away center field for his fourth hit of the game.
UTA left nothing to chance in the ninth inning as Kasey Baker reached on a two base error by the shortstop Jack Skaggs. Chris Taylor followed with a single through the left side moving Baker to third. Roberts followed with his 91st hit of the season through the left side scoring Baker. Pence drilled a pitch off the wall in straight away center field, with Taylor and Roberts scoring almost simultaneously. Preston moved into a tie for third on the all-time RBI list with a sacrifice fly to left field. Preston now has 131 career RBIs, tying him with former teammate Craig Martin.
Roberts put his name into the UTA single season record books a second time on Thursday when he collected his 38th extra-base hit with a double off the right field wall in the first inning, tying Mize's record set in 1999. Roberts also tied the single season record with his 66th run scored in the ninth inning.
The Indians (28-27) thought they got on the board in the second inning as Bradley Hoffpauir doubled into the left center field gap, chasing Jerad Doty around the bases. UTA center fielder Robby Deevers slid to cut the ball and threw a relay to the shortstop Aaron Batlle. Batlle turned and threw a strike to the catcher Dustin Bozarth who applied the tag to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
ULM did push a run across in the third inning as Al Hayward started the inning with a double to left center field and went to third on a Skaggs fly out to center field. Mario Filippi scored the runner from third with a single to left field. After putting runners on first and second with one out, UTA starter Pierce Loveless enticed a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of ULM cleanup hitter Ben Jones.
The Indians broke the game wide open in the fourth inning as a leadoff walk and an errand throw by Loveless on a sacrifice bunt put two runners on with no outs. The two runners stole second and third and a hit batter loaded the bases, chasing Loveless from the game. Michael Garza came out of the pen with even less success as he gave up a two run double to center field, a RBI single to left field and a three-run homer to right field by Skaggs. Chris Reed came in for Garza and shut down the ULM lineup, ending the inning with six Indian runs on four hits, with one Maverick error.
The eighth Indian run of the game came across in the fifth inning as a hit batter and a bloop single to center field put two runners on with no outs. After a sac bunt moved the runners up, Skaggs delivered his fourth RBI of the game with a sac fly to right field.
UTA came alive in the sixth inning as Taylor started the inning with a base on balls. With one out, Pence singled to left field. After a flyout for the second out of the inning, Bruder hit a RBI single back through the middle. Batlle followed with a RBI single through the right side and Deevers drove in two runs with a triple to right field.
ULM got two runs back in the home half of the fifth as Chance hit a two-run shot over the left field wall.
The Mavericks got back in the game in the seventh inning as Taylor hit a one out double off the right field wall and Roberts drove him in with a single through the left side. Pence drew a base on balls and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Preston blooped a single to center field to score Roberts and went to second on a throwing error. Bruder followed with a bloop double into left center field to score Pence. Battle plated the fourth run of the inning. The fifth run of the inning came into score on a Robby Deevers single up the middle. UTA proceeded to load the bases, but Taylor's second at-bat of the inning resulted in a comebacker to the mound, leaving the Mavs down by one run.
Mike Snapp (4-4) picked up the victory by pitching three scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out two. Matt Green (2-3) took the loss by giving up two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning.
Roberts and Bruder led the offensive explosion with four hits each, while Pence collected three hits. Pence, Bruder and Deevers each drove in three runs, while Roberts and Preston each drove in two.
The Mavericks have a quick turnaround as they take back to the diamond tomorrow morning at 11 p.m. against the Cowboys of McNeese State at Indian Field. The winner of that game will advance to the championships game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, while the loser will return to action later that evening at 7 p.m.