March 20, 2005
BEAUMONT - Texas-Arlington scored three runs in the first inning and cruised to an 11-1 win over Lamar University Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium to take two of three from the Cardinals in the three-game Southland Conference series.
Lamar dropped to 16-9 overall and 1-2 in SLC play. UTA improved to 12-13 overall and 2-1. The Cardinals step out of conference for a 6:30 p.m. game Tuesday at long-time rival Louisiana-Lafayette.
Brett Lewis started things for the Mavericks with a one-out single in the top of the first inning. After Ryan Nelson grounded out, Aaron Batlle singled to center field to drive in Lewis.
Scott Williams reached on a fielding error by Jo Jo Haney at shortstop, which advanced Batlle to third. Joe Newman, who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, followed with a 2-run double to left center to put UTA up 3-0.
Lamar looked to have a rally going in the bottom of the first. Jeremy Gray, who was 2-for-4, doubled down the left field line with one out and Adrian Cantu reached on a throwing error by Boomer Welles at third base to put both runners in scoring position. Michael Ambort struck out and C.J. Ebarb flew out to left field to end the inning.
The Mavericks added four runs in the fourth inning. Newman walked, Justin Stevens singled and Boomer Welles was hit by a pitch from Lamar starter William Delage to load the bases with one out. Josh McSpadden drove in Newman with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Nathan Warrick followed with a single to left to reload the bases. Lewis, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, cleared the bases with a 3-run single to left center field to push the lead to 7-0.
The Cardinals loaded the bases in the fifth inning off UTA starter Jake Baxter. Collin Delome
led off the inning with a single, but was erased when Will Henderson
hit into a fielder's choice.
Matt Lambeth, who was 3-for-4, singled to left center and Gray singled to right field to load the bases with two outs. Cantu flew out to center field to end the threat.
UTA added three runs in the top of the seventh inning to extend its lead to 10-0. Nelson was hit by a pitch, Newman walked and Stevens walked to load the bases with two outs. Daniel Macha, who was 2-for-2 with two RBI, followed with a 2-run double to left center. McSpadden drove in Stevens with an infield single.
With Lamar needing a run to keep the game going, Henderson led off the home half of the seventh with a double to left center. Lambeth followed with a RBI single to center field to get Lamar on the board. In SLC games, there is a 10-run rule after seven innings of play.
The Mavericks added another run in the eighth inning on a throwing error by Haney to push the lead to 11-1. The Cardinals failed to score in the bottom of the eighth, which ended the game.
Baxter (5-0) pitched a complete-game for the Mavericks, allowing one run on 10 hits with six strikeouts and one walk in eight innings pitched. Delage (1-2) took the loss for Lamar, allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven hits with two walks in four innings pitched.