May 25, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington's season ended with Saturday night's 11-2 loss to Texas State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at QuikTrip Park.
The Mavericks came into the game with the opportunity to advance to the tournament final, but the Bobcats took control early and handed UTA its second straight setback in pool play. The Mavericks, league co-champs during the regular season, finished 2013 with a 31-27 record.
After falling to New Mexico State on Thursday, the Mavericks were given new life with Dallas Baptist's win over after the Aggies in the game before UTA-Texas State. The DBU victory eliminated the Bobcats from contention in Pool B and gave the Mavericks control of their destiny. A UT Arlington win would have set up a championship game Sunday against UTSA.
"We didn't play well and they did. That's a good club," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "They didn't have anything to lose and we did obviously. I'm not going to let it take away from a very good year.
"I told our guys that they have been a part of two championships in two years and it stinks to lose and it stinks for your season to come to an end, but it was by far the most overachieving group I've coached. We've had injuries and mishaps and all kind of setbacks."
The Mavericks had runners in scoring position in the second, fourth, and fifth innings, but were unable to get that clutch hit to get on the scoreboard. UT Arlington finally broke through in the sixth with two runs after the loading the bases. The Mavericks scored on Darien McLemore's infield single and a walk to Travis Sibley.
The Mavericks found themselves down before even coming to bat. Three hits from Texas State, including a triple, gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
Texas State added another two runs in the third on two hits and an error, as starter Daniel Milliman was pulled in favor of reliever Keegan Hucul. The Bobcats upped to their to 7-0 with four runs in the sixth, as Thomas made two pitching changes in the inning.
UT Arlington is 67-52 with two conference championships over the last two seasons. In addition to the regular-season WAC title, the Mavericks won the Southland Conference Tournament championship in 2012. UT Arlington moves into the Sun Belt Conference for the 2014 season.
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