WACO -- UT Arlington played a competitive game Saturday, but in the end couldn't overcome a late storm by Baylor in an 11-6, season-ending loss at Baylor Ballpark.
Both teams traded blows for most of the game in an attempt to keep their season alive.
Top-seeded Baylor controlled the action early only to see UTA take over in the middle innings.
But it was Baylor that closed out the game with seven runs on eight hits in the final four innings. UTA finished 0-2 in the NCAA regional. Baylor plays an elimination game at 2 p.m. Sunday against Oral Roberts, which lost 11-8 to unbeaten Dallas Baptist.
"They took advantage of every mistake we made," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "There were a lot of close balls pulled, and hooked, and the bounces just didn't go our way today."
Seven Baylor players scored runs, including three from Big 12 Player of the Year Josh Ludy. The catcher went 4 for 4 and finished with two RBIs to lead the explosive Bears lineup.
John Beck, who missed most of the 2012 season with a hand injury, started on the mound for UTA and quickly gave up four runs in the first two innings.
That's when the Mavericks started chipping away at Baylor's lead.
They scored five runs over the next four innings and eventually took a 5-4 lead behind home runs from Preston Beck and Matt Shortall and a steady dose of two-out contact hitting in a two-run third inning.
Beck's home run was his 14th of the year, and Shortall's solo shot gave him six. Shortall finished with two runs and an RBI on 1 for 3 hitting, while Beck went 2 for 3. Jordan Vaughn was the other Maverick with two hits.
Adam Boydston relieved Beck in the fourth inning with two outs and runners on first and second. He escaped the inning and retired four of the first five batters he faced. Boydston, UTA's all-time saves leader, took the loss after pitching 2 2/3 innings.
Baylor tied the game 5-5 on Adam Toth's one-run single in the sixth.
Closer Max Garner took the mound in the sixth and allowed only one hit in three innings to shift the momentum in the Bears' favor.
"He had a real good pace on the mound," Mavericks right fielder Beck said. "He was throwing all three pitches in any count, and it was really hard to sit down on one pitch and look for it."
The Bears loaded the bases and scored a run on Boydston in the seventh. Collin Reynolds relieved him and allowed one more run to score in the inning.
Reynolds then gave up three earned runs in the eighth, giving Baylor a five-run cushion that UTA couldn't overcome.
Thomas said the Mavericks have a lot to be proud of this season. The tournament berth was their first since 2006, and the 36 wins are the most since the team went 37-25 in 2003.
"We've got a lot of good kids coming back next year," he said. "I feel like we took a huge step forward for our program."