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By Paul Watley | @WatP7
ARLINGTON, Texas - Playing on the big stage of Globe Life Park against No. 14 Texas failed to faze UT Arlington as the Mavericks took down the Longhorns in a 6-5 walk-off victory in 10 innings in front of a UTA record 4,123 fans.
"It was a good environment tonight with a lot of people," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "We played a great club and I have a lot of respect for those guys. I'm just proud of our guys and we finally got one."
With the two teams trading shots through the first seven innings of the game, UT looked poised to escape Arlington with a victory. The Longhorns put together a three-run ninth inning that was culminated with a triple to right center field that brought in a pair of runs and put Texas on top 5-2.
The Mavericks opened up the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back singles by Matt McLean and Travis Sibley, but looked to be in trouble with the bases loaded and two outs. Enter freshman Will Olson who pinch hit for the Mavs with the game on the line. Olson entered the midweek game batting .111 with two career hits. After getting ahead in the count 3-1, the Sherman native took the fifth pitch of the at-bat and sent it through the right side to bring in two runs and send the game to extras.
"I was just waiting for my opportunity to help this team out and I got it," Olson said. "I got a fastball to hit and I didn't miss it."
After senior pitcher Colin Tornberg laid the Longhorns down in order in the top of the tenth, UTA got off to a fast start in the bottom half of the inning as Christian Hollie sent the ball to the left-field corner for his second career triple. With the bases loaded and one out on the board, a wild pitch allowed a hustling Hollie to score from third to end the game.
Eric Tate was outstanding in the UT Arlington victory as the senior infielder went 4-for-4 at the plate with one run and one RBI. Helping Tate spur the Mavs offense was the duo of McLean and Sibley, who both went 3-for-5. McLean scored a pair of runs, while Sibley notched one run.
"Even getting an opportunity to play here and against those guys, it's great," Tate said. "It's a dream come true. I couldn't be more proud of the team. These guys fight and I love this team."
The Mavericks 2015 campaign came to an end in the Sun Belt Conference Championship in a 5-1 loss to eventual champion and NCAA Super Regional qualifier Louisiana.