FOUR RUN FIFTH KEEPS MAVS ALIVE
May 25, 2006
BEAUMONT, Texas - UT-Arlington starting right hander Chris Taylor made sure the Mavericks were not the first team eliminated from the 2006 Southland Conference Tournament as the junior allowed one run and struck out 10 in the complete game 5-1 victory over McNeese State.
The double digit strikeout performance is the second straight for Taylor after fanning a career-best 11 hitters in his last outing against Dallas Baptist. On the day, Taylor allowed one run on eight hits, while throwing a career-high 155 pitches. He got stronger as the game went on as seven of his 10 punchouts occurred in the final four innings.
"My arm was a lot livelier the last few innings. It felt looser so I just kept going with it, said Taylor. "My whole life I have been a guy who has thrown 140 or 150 pitches before I got here so its not my first experience going that long."
David McLeod started the fifth by beating out a chopper to third and advancing to second on the throwing error. With one out, Ben Burum delivered an RBI double to right field and Robby Winn followed with a run producing double just inside the bag at third. Pinch hitter David Newby was hit by a pitch and Brock Wilson walked before Kyle Rudy plated two runs with a single through the right side.
The Mavs (26-34) got on the board in the first inning as Daniel Rieder singled through the right side and was sacrificed to second. Adam Moore walked and Ben Burum singled to right field to load the bases. Robby Winn drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in foul territory down the right field line.
The Cowboys (35-20) got on the board in the eighth as Bryan Cartie singled to left center and stole second. With two outs, Charlie Kingery delivered an RBI single up the middle.
The Mavs will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
Head Coach Jeff Curtis
On decision to start Taylor
On if the result of the Northwestern State-McNeese State game weighed in on the decision to start Taylor
On approach to facing starter Derek Blacksher for the second time this season and his struggling with the breaking ball
On who he will throw in the next game
Starting Pitcher Chris Taylor
On explanation of throwing 155 pitches after being primarily used as a closer
Designated Hitter Ben Burum