Bulldogs Lose Heartbreaker 3-1 to UTA in 14 Innings
March 30, 2013
RUSTON, La. - UT Arlington broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 14th inning when Greg McCall hit a one-out single off the left field wall to score two runs and give the Mavericks a 3-1 victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Tech (11-18, 1-4 WAC) led 1-0 off a solo home run by Bre'shon Kimbell in the fourth inning before an RBI single by Maverick catcher Greg McCall tied the game at one apiece until the top of the 14th when UT Arlington (14-12, 4-1 WAC) plated two runs to win the game and the series.
"We had our opportunities, and once again, we hit some balls hard right at them," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "It was a well-played game and I feel for our guys. They really fought hard today with 14 innings of error-less ball today in the rain and they pitched well throughout those 14 innings. We just cannot get those timely hits and that is something we have to do."
Sam Alvis (0-2) picked up the loss for the Bulldogs after giving up two runs - both earned - off four hits in 2.1 innings of relief work. Alvis came on in relief of Caleb Dudley in the 12th inning. Dudley pitched three full innings of no-hit baseball and Dakota Doss came on in the 14th to close out the game.
Senior Trevor Petersen (2-2) allowed one run - earned - off five hits in 6.2 innings of work in the start. Petersen struck out a season-high five Maverick batters. Jamie Gilley came on for Petersen with two outs in the seventh to end the inning.
Chad Nack (3-2) came on in the 11th inning to throw three full innings of scoreless baseball and earn the win for the visiting Mavericks. Both pitching staffs threw five pitchers in the game.
Left hander Chase Weaver (2-0) started for the Mavericks and went four complete innings while giving up one run - earned - off six hits and walking three. Daniel Milliman came on in relief of Weaver in the fifth. John Beck came on to pitch for the Mavericks in the eighth.
Saturday's game marked the longest game the Bulldogs have played since 2008 when Tech beat San Jose State, 12-11, in 14 innings. Tech is now 30-22 all time in extra innings games and 2-1 versus UT Arlington. The Bulldogs have now lost four straight extra-inning games dating back to the 2011 season.
In the loss, Tech left 18 runners stranded, while the Mavericks left 11 on base over the course of 14 innings.
McCall led the Mavericks on the day with a 3-for-6 effort at the plate with three RBI and two walks, including a game-winning single in the top of the 14th inning. John Twichell and Matt Shortall both totaled two hits for UT Arlington Saturday.
Jacob Derouen put together a 3-for-6 performance as well at the plate as Sam Alvis, Tyler Ervine and Kimbell each recorded two hits in the loss. Kimbell plated the only run of the game for Tech on a solo home run in the fourth inning.
The third and final game of the series is set for a 1 p.m. start time Sunday as junior Richie Navari (1-4) is set to get the start on the mound for the Bulldogs. UT Arlington will counter with right hander Zach Thompson (2-2) for Sunday's contest.
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