ARLINGTON, Texas – Facing a daunting six-run deficit in the second inning of Sunday’s rubber match with Troy, UT Arlington stormed back, taking the game 10-7 and the series 2-1 at Clay Gould Ballpark.
“It was good to get a series win and we talked about that coming in,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “That’s a good club and we’ve been scuffling a little bit, but we needed to start winning some games. We feel fortunate to beat a good club and hopefully that gives us a little bit of momentum going down the stretch here.”
The Mavericks (17-21, 8-10 Sun Belt) recorded their ten runs off of 16 hits with a pair of errors. The Trojans (21-20, 10-8 Sun Belt) came away with seven runs off 14 hits with an error.
The series win marked the first for the Mavericks since March 15 of this season when UTA claimed the final game against South Alabama to take the series 2-1.
Cody Farrell made the most of his start, going 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBI and two runs. Travis Sibley also helped pace the Mavericks offense with a 3-for-5 performance that included two RBI and two runs.
“I’m extremely proud of Cody Farrell,” Thomas said of the Mink League product. “We stuck
him in there in the four hole and he made me look good. He went 4-for-5 with three RBI and that’s what we got him here to do. Be a run producer and be a guy in the middle of the order.”
Jacob Moreland (3-1) made his first appearance on the mound in the third and lasted 5.2 innings, giving up six hits and one earned run on his way to picking up the win.
“Moreland was really, really good and gave us a chance to comeback,” Thomas added. “Our offense got hot and then the bullpen did the job down the stretch.”
The Mavericks got out to a rocky start in the game, giving up six runs through two innings of play. However, UTA began to chip away at the Troy lead in the second with a pair of runs. Singles by Eric Tate and Brady Cox jumpstarted the Mavs offense, putting two runners on with one out. RJ Williams brought in the two runs with an RBI double to left field, cutting the Trojans lead to four runs at 6-2.
Sibley got the third inning out to another strong start with his lead-off solo shot over the left-field wall. The Mavs were able to slim the margin to two runs later in the inning with an Eric Tate sacrifice fly to left field that pushed across one run.
The offense for UTA carried over into the fourth, pushing across five runs on its way to taking a 9-6 lead. Sibley jumpstarted the scoring spree with an RBI single up the middle and Levi Scott helped push across the go-ahead run with his single to right field. With one out on the board, Farrell recorded a two-RBI double to left field. Tate’s RBI single to left field then capped the scoring for the inning with the Mavs holding a three-run advantage.
The Trojans looked to cut in the Mavs lead in the sixth, bringing across one run to put the score at 9-7 in favor of UTA.
UT Arlington was able to tack on one more run in the eighth inning with Farrell’s RBI single to right field that pushed across Scott.
Colin Tornberg entered the game in the ninth inning and came away with his eighth save of the season after laying the Troy batters down in order. Tornberg now is tied for fourth in single season saves and is sixth in career saves with 10. Tornberg’s career mark sits just one shy of tying Chad Nack for the fifth most saves in UTA history.
Next up the Mavericks will square off with top-ranked Texas A&M at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park in College Station. The Tuesday matchup in College Station is set to begin at 2:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.