ARLINGTON, Texas – Nick Maguire and Gus Craig each ripped their first home runs of the season, but UT-Arlington scored four runs in the opening inning and added four more runs over the course of the game to knock off Columbia, 8-4, Wednesday night at Clay Gould Field.
The Mavs jumped out to an early lead, putting up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one runner aboard, Matt Shortall hit a home run to left field to make it a 2-0 ballgame, just three batters in. JM Twichell made it four straight hits and earned the third RBI with a double to right that scored Ryan Bottger. Darien McLemore garnered the fourth RBI for the Mavs when his ground out plated Levi Scott.
Two first-years got the Lions on the board in the top of the third, as Kyle Bartelman and Shane Adams each tallied an RBI. Mike Fischer reached on an error to begin the inning and was brought around to score in the next at bat when Bartelman found the right field gap for his first collegiate triple. Adams stood in next and provided Bartelman the opportunity to score with a ground out to the right side of the infield.
UTA came back though in the bottom half of the frame with a run of its own in the form of an RBI double from McLemore.
The fourth and fifth innings saw the squads trade runs, with each scoring one in their turn at bat to make it 7-4 in favor of the Mavericks through the first five innings. Each of the Lions runs came via solo homers. With one out in the fourth, Nick Maguire launched a deep shot to center field for his first home run of the season. Gus Craig followed that up with a long ball down the right field line, clearing the fence just inside the foul pole for his first homer this year.
UTA added another run in the seventh to extend its lead to 8-4 and held off Columbia in the final two innings to win by that score.
Columbia will wrap up its tour through the Lone Star State with three games against the Texas Longhorns beginning Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can catch the action live on the Longhorn Network (TV) or through the Longhorn Network mobile app.