UT Arlington scores six in the first but has to hold off San Jose St.

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UT Arlington scored six runs in the first inning and hung on to beat San Jose State 8-7 Friday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Trailing 1-0 after the top half of the first inning, the Mavericks (18-15, 7-4 WAC) racked up five hits and scored six runs off Spartans starter David Wayne Russo (3-5). Matt Shortall started the scoring with a two-run double and later in the inning Greg McCall added a two-run single. The six runs matched a season high for scoring in an inning for UTA.

Shortall, who went 3 for 5 in the game, increased his team-high RBI total to 36 with the double.

Mavericks starter Brad Vachon (4-2), supported by his offense, gave up three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work for the win.

But the Spartans made things interesting when Vachon left the game.

San Jose State took advantage of shaky outings by UTA relievers Chase Weaver and John Beck by scoring four runs on two hits and three walks in the eighth inning. The big blow came when Ricky Acosta hit a triple down the right-field line to score three.

The win was coach Darin Thomas’ 166th at UTA, tying him for second all-time with Jeff Curtis. Thomas needs 590 more wins to tie Butch McBroom for the team lead.

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