UT Arlington Baseball: Bottger, Shortall, McCall Pound Baylor

UT Arlington Baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas – Greg McCall (Sr., C) hit a home run and had three RBI, while Ryan Bottger (Jr., 1b/LF) and Matt Shortall (Sr., DH) each went 3-for-5 as the UT Arlington baseball Mavericks pounded the Baylor Bears 14-3 Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark. McCall’s home run was his team-leading fifth on the season and his three RBI moved him into a tie with Shortall, who had an RBI on the night, for the team lead at 22.

Bottger scored three runs and drove in two more, one of which came on a first-inning RBI double that helped spark a four-run rally to start the game. Bottger would score on a throwing error by Baylor starting pitcher Ryan Smith (Jr., RHP). A fielding error by Bears’ second baseman Lawton Langford (Sr.) would allow Shortall to score after he singled earlier in the inning.

McCall hit his solo shot in the third to extend the Mavericks lead to 5-0. After Baylor scored a run in the fourth on a Aaron Dodson (Fr., 1b) RBI single, Bottger and Shortall hit back-to-back singles in the home half of the fourth. McCall hit an RBI sac fly that scored Derek Miller (Jr., CF) and Bottger scored on a single by Justin Copeland (Sr., RF) as part of a three-run rally to extend UT Arlington’s lead to 8-1.

Shortall and McCall would get back-to-back RBIs in the fifth as Shortall doubled to score Peter Cuomo (Sr., SS) and McCall grounded out scoring Miller to give the Mavericks a 10-1 advantage. In a four-run seventh inning, Bottger and Shortall scored on a single by Levi Scott (Jr., 1B) as the Mavericks extended the lead to 14-1.

Baylor would score two in the eighth off of back-to-back extra-base hits as Adam Toth (Jr., RF) hit an RBI double and Ben Carl (RFr., 3B) hit an RBI triple to pull within 14-3. Mavericks’ reliever Colin Tornberg (Jr., RHP) would strike out Dodson to end the inning.

UT Arlington starter Daniel Millman (Sr., RHP) got the win to improve to 2-0, pitching four innings allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk with three strike outs. Baylor starter Ryan Smith (Jr., RHP) took the loss allowing six runs, four earned, off of four hits and four walks over three innings.

UT Arlington heads to Mobile to face the South Alabama Jaguars in Sun Belt play while Baylor travels for a Big 12 series at the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Sun Belt Baseball Scores 

No. 4 Louisiana Lafayette 10, Northwestern State 1

Louisiana Lafayette Notables

  • Ryan Wilson (Sr., RHP) W 3-0, 5.2 IP, 8 H, ER, 2 BB, 6K
  • Matt Plitt (Sr., RHP) S 2, 3.1 IP, 5 K
  • Ryan Leonards (Sr., 3B) 4-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Alabama 10, Troy 5

Troy Notables

  • William Shell (Sr., RHP) L 3-2, 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Clay Holcomb (Jr., CF) 2-for-5, HR, R, RBI

Georgia State 19, Alabama A&M 3

Georgia State Notables

  • Tyler McClure (Jr., LHP) W 2-2, 6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Caden Bailey (Jr., 3B) 3-for-4, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI
  • Chad Prain (Sr., SS) 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Nic Wilson (Sr., 1B) 1-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI

South Alabama 5, Nicholls State 4

South Alabama Notables

  • Matt Bell (Sr., RHP) ND, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Ben Taylor (Jr., RHP) W 2-1, 2.0 IP, BB, 3 K
  • Drew LaBounty (Fr., SS) 2-for-3, R, RBI

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Mark West
Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MarkWestCBC Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC