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UT Arlington’s staunch relief pitching helps topple Incarnate Word

Jake Wilcox pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief, giving up only one hit and no runs to help UTA beat Incarnate Word.
Jake Wilcox pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief, giving up only one hit and no runs to help UTA beat Incarnate Word. Special to the Star-Telegram

Jake Wilcox gave up one hit and no runs over 6 2/3 innings of relief, helping UT Arlington beat Incarnate Word 9-3 in nonconference baseball on Friday night.

Wilcox helped the Mavericks (13-11) get out of a second-inning jam that saw Incarnate Word take a 3-2 lead.

UTA retook the lead with two runs in the sixth inning and stretched the lead with four runs in the eighth.

“It was a great outing and we need Jake [Wilcox] to be like that,” Mavericks coach Darin Thomas said. “He was a guy for us early and has struggled the last couple of times out, but that was really good to see.”

Wilcox pitched for Daniel James, who ran into trouble in the second inning.

“The coaches expect us pitchers to go at any moment,” Wilcox said. “I wasn’t thinking about going any number of innings, just about going out there and getting out of the situation I was put it. It just so happens I was able to stay in and get a good run out of it.”

Quintin Rohrbaugh led UTA, which had 13 hits, by going 3 for 5 with a triple and two RBIs. Matt McLean, Noah Vaughan and Cody Farrell each had two hits. McLean and Farrell had a pair of doubles.

“We’ve been swinging the bats pretty good all year, and until this weekend we’ve just been beating it into the wind a lot,” Thomas said. “But I’m happy with how we are swinging it.”

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