UT Arlington senior Chad Nack gave up five hits and no runs in 7 2/3 innings in a 2-1 victory over Appalachian State, but the Mountaineers came back in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader to earn a split at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Nack struck out three and walked two in his 105-pitch outing. The Sanger native was able to etch his name in UTA history with his 87th career appearance, the third most by a Mavericks player.
Trailing 1-0, the Mavericks (21-28, 12-14 Sun Belt) scored two runs in the seventh inning on a two-run double to right by Travis Sibley after singles by Darien McLemore and Brady Cox put runners on the corners with two outs.
In the second game, Appalachian State (16-35, 8-20) scored four straight runs, including two runs on three hits in the second inning against starter Brad Vassar on the way to a 5-2 victory over the Mavericks.
Appalachian State added an insurance run in the ninth with a solo home run by Dillon Dobson to right.
The Mavericks left 12 on base in the second game compared to eight left on for the Mountaineers.
Matt McLean and Sibley led the Mavericks’ offense in the two games, going 4 for 7. Sibley had three doubles and drove in two runs.
The rubber match between UTA and Appalachian State will take place on Saturday. Eight Mavericks seniors will be honored prior to the 1 p.m. game.