May 22, 2010
SAN MARCOS, Texas - UT Arlington lost its regular season finale at Texas State 8-6 on Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Baseball Stadium. The Mavericks enter next week's Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will face tournament No. 4 seed Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Mavericks end the regular season 27-29 overall and they tied the program's record for most conference wins in a season going 19-13 in Southland play. Texas State (34-20, 23-10 SLC) won its second consecutive league championship with the victory as they enter the tournament field as the No. 1 seed.
UTA first baseman Jordan Vaughn went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, designated hitter Steffan Guest went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while third baseman Brian Nephew finished 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Maverick starter Logan Bawcom had a no-decision pitching 5.1 innings allowing three runs on eight hits with one strikeout and three walks allowed. UTA reliever Brian Watson (2-3) was the losing pitcher throwing 2.0 innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit allowing one walk with two strikeouts.
Garret Carruth (5-3) was the winning pitcher throwing 1.0 inning with a strikeout for the Bobcats.
The back and forth contest went the way of the Mavericks in the sixth inning as Preston Beck and Guest had back-to-back RBI singles to give the Mavericks a 3-2 lead.
Earlier in the game, Texas State took a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning before the Mavs tied the game at 1-1 on Vaughn's third home run of the season - a solo shot - in the fourth inning. Texas State then tied the game at 2-2 with a lead-off homer from Kyle Kubitza in the fifth inning.
UTA wouldn't hold its lead long as Texas State manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 3-3.
Neither team scored in the seventh while the Mavericks went down in order for the second consecutive inning in the top of the eighth before Texas State erupted for five runs (four earned) in the bottom of the eighth.
The Bobcats batted through their lineup in the frame as Tyler Sibley led off the inning reaching base on a fielding error by Nephew. Bret Atwood sacrificed Sibley to second base before the next five Texas State batters all reached base on consecutive intentional walks and with three straight base hits to give the Bobcats an 8-3 advantage.
The Mavericks rallied in the ninth with Guest leading off the inning with his third home run of the season over the left field wall to cut the deficit to four runs, 8-4.
Catcher Chad Comer and second baseman Cody Dyvig were retired on a swinging strikeout and a line-out to left field, respectively, by Texas State ace Carson Smith, who entered the game in the top of the ninth after pitching a seven-inning shutout over the Mavs on Thursday night.
Jake Pinchback then reached base on a throwing error by Kubitza, which could have ended the game. Nephew followed with a single up the middle and shortstop Jesse Payne loaded the bases with a single to left field.
Vaughn made the score 8-6 with a single to left field, scoring Pinchback and Nephew to put runners at first and second base with center fielder Michael Choice coming to the plate.
Choice grounded a 1-0 pitch to first baseman Kyle Livingstone, who stepped on the bag for the final out of the game.
Choice, the All-American from Arlington, singled in the first and reached base in the fourth inning with his team-leading 10th hit by pitch of the season to extend his reaching base safely streak to 68 consecutive games, which spans the entire 2010 regular season and goes 12 games into last season.
Beck extended his career-high hit streak to 16 games going 1-for-4 with an RBI. His hit streak matches Comer's hit streak earlier in the season for the longest this season by a Maverick.
The Mavericks travel to Corpus Christi for the Southland Conference Tournament on Tuesday, as tournament teams will have a practice session on Tuesday before tournament play begins the following day.