Feb. 16, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech fell just short of a victory for the second straight game as UT Arlington won the second game of the series 4-3 Saturday at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington.
The Bulldogs were held scoreless and recorded just two hits in the first seven innings of play, while the Mavericks scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings and two in the seventh to take a 4-0 lead going into the eighth.
"I thought we pitched extremely well today," Simoneaux said. "They had a timely hit to go up 4-0, and we fought back and had our opportunities. We put ourselves in a good position with Kody Neel up and had a chance to win the thing right there. The [hits] are not falling for us right now, but we have to stay together as a team and keep working. It is not how we start, but it is how we finish."
In the top of the eighth, Tech recorded three RBI singles by Jacob Derouen, Ryan Gebhardt and Tyler Ervine to cut the Mavericks lead to one heading into the ninth. Omar Ugarte, the third relief pitcher of the afternoon for the Bulldogs, retired UT Arlington in order in the bottom half of the eighth to give Tech a chance at a come-from-behind victory.
Kimbell reached base on a throwing error by Ryan Walker and advanced to second to give the Bulldogs life. The Mavericks would respond with a pitching change as Brent Bollinger came on to face pinch hitter Tyler Qualls, who reached second on a fielder's choice after Kimbell was tagged out by Bollinger.
Sam Alvis would come on as a pinch runner and replace Qualls at second to bring up Ryan Jones at the plate. Jones would send a sacrifice fly to center field to advance the tying run to third with two outs. With a runner on third and two outs, Derouen flied out to center field to end the comeback for the Bulldogs and give UT Arlington the victory.
Andy Scott earned the win for UT Arlington after holding the Bulldogs to two hits, no runs and five strikeouts in five innings of work. Bollinger earned the save after facing three Bulldog batters in the ninth.
Tech had five different players record one hit in the loss as Ervine, Gebhardt and Derouen all recorded one RBI each. The Bulldogs left seven runners on base Saturday, while UT Arlington stranded eight.
Walker led offensively for the Mavericks with a 2-4 effort and two RBI on the afternoon. UT Arlington recorded six hits in the victory.
The Bulldogs will return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday to try and salvage the opening series against the Mavericks. Junior right hander Richie Navari is scheduled to start on the mound for Tech in what will be his first appearance in a Bulldog uniform.
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