College Baseball

Losing skid reaches eight games for UTA as Texas State claims series opener

UT Arlington relief pitcher Andrew Gross, shown earlier this season, was a bright spot in the Mavericks' 5-2 home loss to Texas State. Gross came on in the fourth and pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
UT Arlington relief pitcher Andrew Gross, shown earlier this season, was a bright spot in the Mavericks' 5-2 home loss to Texas State. Gross came on in the fourth and pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Special to the Star-Telegram

The UT Arlington baseball team is staggering to the season's finish line.

The Mavericks (21-31, 11-17 Sun Belt) lost their eighth game in a row and their 12th in the last 13 outings when visiting Texas State pinned them with a 5-2 defeat in Thursday's opener of a three-game series at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Limited to three hits and a single run through eight innings, UTA used two singles and two walks to push across a run and load the bases in the ninth before a Josh Minjarez fly to right ended the game.

Texas State (26-26-1, 14-14) shooed away UTA starter Brad Vassar (2-7) early with a pair of runs on four singles in the third inning, and two scores in the fourth on a bases-loaded double by freshman Dalton Shuffield.

Texas State pitcher Nicholas Fraze (6-4) pitched six shutout innings, allowing two singles and a walk.

UTA didn't put up much of a fight offensively, managing only five hits.

The Mavs hinted at a threat with one out in the fourth when Will Olson and Christian Hollie hit back-to-back singles. But Olson was picked off second base and Noah Vaughan struck out to end the scoring chance.

With Fraze gone in the seventh, the Mavs finally cracked the scoreboard on a solo home run to right by Vaughan with two outs.

The teams play again Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 in the final games of the regular season before the Sun Belt Conference Championships begin Tuesday in Lafayette, La.

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