April 7, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington dropped its first Western Athletic Conference series after losing 6-5 to CSU Bakersfield in 10 innings at Clay Gould Ballpark on Sunday.
The Roadrunners (21-11, 6-3) took advantage of back-to-back hit batters in the 10th to load the bases, and pushed the run across on a sacrifice fly to right field by Cael Brockmeyer. The Mavericks (16-14, 6-3) left 16 runners on base in the loss, including two in the bottom half of the 10th.
"We were one hit away three different times and didn't get it," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "I felt like we could have got them but we didn't. I give them credit, they are a good club."
UTA had a chance to tie in the bottom of the tenth with a runner on first and two outs. Brandon Lawrence sent a hard hit ball to left-center field that appeared to score Justin Copeland from first. However, the ball wedged itself underneath the fence and was ruled a ground-rule double.
Copeland had to return to third base. Darien McClemore's hard smash to short was stopped and he was thrown out at first to end the game.
After leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, the Mavericks scored two runs after loading the bases again the second. Ryan Walker grounded into a fielder's choice to score Travis Sibley from third. Matt Shortall singled through the left side of the infield on the next pitch to bring in Greg McCall to tie the game.
The Roadrunners went back into the lead in the fourth inning with four consecutive two-out hits to score three in the inning.
Copeland opened up the fifth with a double down the left-field line, went to third on a ground out and scored on McLemore's hard ground ball to third. Copeland slid under the tag at home to bring the Mavs within two.
John Michael Twichell doubled down the right field line in the seventh to score Lawrence from second to cut the lead to one. The Mavericks had a chance to tie the game, but McCall grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.
The Mavs tied the game in the eighth following a Pinchback's lead-off triple. Copeland hit a sacrifice fly to right two batters later to tie the game at 5-all.
CSU Bakersfield regained the lead in the tenth on a sacrifice fly to right to take a 6-5 lead.
"They got one hit and scored a run," Thomas said. "We have to eliminate that."
UT Arlington travels to Waco on Tuesday for its fifth contest against a Big 12 opponent when the Mavericks take on the Baylor Bears. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.