ARLINGTON — UT Arlington lost the baseball series opener with McNeese State 4-0 at Clay Gould Ballpark on Friday night.The Cowboys put up a pair of runs in the first and third innings and held the Mavericks to only four hits. The Mavericks had opportunities with runners on base but failed to add the big hit to push runs across the plate and they left nine runners stranded.“I am going to give their pitcher credit,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “He pitched a good game and had great numbers coming into tonight. We’re not playing very well at all. The scouting report is catching up to some of those guys, and we have to make some adjustments.”For the second consecutive game, UTA (9-8) was limited to just four hits. Matt Shortall extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the eighth. Justin Copeland, Ryan Walker and Daniel Garcia each added a hit. Mavericks starter Brad Vachon went eight innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits.McNeese State (9-7) took the lead on a two-run triple by Tyler Drake. Drake also drove in two runs in the third on a shot off the bottom of the wall.UTA continues its series with McNeese State at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.