19 innings! UT Arlington goes long for first win of the year

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UT Arlington set school records and tied an NCAA mark Friday night in beating McNeese State 9-8 in 19 innings.

A sacrifice fly by Darien McLemore, a sophomore from Southlake Carroll, scored Derek Miller with a run in the top of the 19th for the Mavericks (1-4), who notched their first victory of the season.

Miller had singled with one out and advanced to third on a botched pickoff attempt, UTAmavs.com reported.

“Tough, tough game to get our first one,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said.

The 6-hour, 13-minute game ended after midnight.

Justin Copeland set a UTA record and tied the NCAA Division I record with 10 at-bats. McLemore’s nine at-bats were the second most in school history.

Matt Shortall’s four doubles were the most at UTA and tied a Sun Belt Conference record. The nine doubles as a team tied a school mark set in 1993 against TCU.

Miller was hit by a pitch four times, trying for second all-time in Division I.

McNeese State reported that the 144 total at-bats were tied for sixth most all time in Division I. Also with 144 at-bats: McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette in a 1971 game that went 23 innings, longest in McNeese history.

Chase Weaver (1-0) got the victory by throwing 7 1/3 innings in relief and allowing just one unearned run. Jacob Moreland pitched a 1-2-3 19th to notch UTA’s first save of the season. The UTA bullpen didn’t allow an earned run in 15 innings.

Shortall had five hits, Copeland four and Ryan Bottger three. John Michael Twichell and Greg McCall each had two RBI.

The three-game series continues at 3 p.m. Saturday. Jess Amedee (0-1, 5.68 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mavericks.

UTA and McNeese were tied 7-7 after nine innings. UTA scored two in the top of the seventh and didn’t score again until getting a run in the top of the 14th — only to have the Cowboys score in the bottom of the 14th.

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