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FOUR RUN FIFTH KEEPS MAVS ALIVE

Chris Taylor struck out 10 in a complete-game victory
 
Chris Taylor struck out 10 in a complete-game victory
 

May 25, 2006

Box Score

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.

Post-Game Quotes

Head Coach Jeff Curtis

Opening Statement
"Everybody can tell from a pitching standpoint Chris had a gutsy performance throwing a ton of pitches and we definitely needed that if we were going to have a chance tomorrow and on Saturday. He threw a lot of strikes and got some really good defense behind him cause they some chances to score some runs with two outs and made some plays. Offensively, we did a great job hitting with runners in scoring position and gave us a little cushion, especially in the fifth inning when we scored four runs, and I think that kind of helped us momentum wise and maybe shut them down offensively."

On decision to start Taylor
"We really had two or three choices with Kyle Gainley and Ryan Riddle, but Chris has come in and done a better job probably the last couple of weeks and it was more of a gut feeling than anything. We wanted to use his breaking ball against these guys more than those guys throwing from the left side. We thought they had a few more right handed hitters than left handers that could hurt us."

On if the result of the Northwestern State-McNeese State game weighed in on the decision to start Taylor
"Not really. Every team is a little bit different. We are different from Northwestern is and this is the way we needed to go to be quite honest and it worked out, fortunately for us."

On approach to facing starter Derek Blacksher for the second time this season and his struggling with the breaking ball
"When we faced him down there he was really special that night. Today, he might have had a little bit less control than he did that night, especially with his breaking ball."

On who he will throw in the next game
"We got Gainley and Riddle, and Dillon Gee can come back and throw a few innings. We got Brandon Endsley and some other left handers that can come in. So we've enough to get us through the next two games at least. Then after that I think everyone is going to be who has the biggest heart."

Starting Pitcher Chris Taylor
How he felt today on the mound

"My arm was a lot livelier the last few innings. It felt looser so I just kept going with it."

On explanation of throwing 155 pitches after being primarily used as a closer
"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."

Designated Hitter Ben Burum
On his approach at the plate today after going 7-for-7 in the series against the Cowboys earlier this season

"I went in just trying to be as positive as I can and confident as I can and just get in a situation to score runs and just tried to bear down and get the job done. I was just focused on today."

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