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UTA pitchers sparkle until late-game miscues result in ninth straight loss

UTA's Omar Salinas, at left in a game earlier this season, drove in the Mavericks' only run in Friday's 5-1, 10-inning loss to Texas State. UTA finishes the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday against Texas State.
UTA's Omar Salinas, at left in a game earlier this season, drove in the Mavericks' only run in Friday's 5-1, 10-inning loss to Texas State. UTA finishes the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday against Texas State. Special to the Star-Telegram

UT Arlington watched two sterling pitching performances go to waste in a 5-1, 10-inning loss to Texas State in a Sun Belt Conference game Friday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Mavericks starter Ka'ikepono Anderson and reliever Logan Austin had teamed to pitch eight shutout innings before the visiting Bobcats tied the game in the ninth behind three singles and an error, then won it with four runs in the 10th on three hits and two more errors.

The disappointing finish extended UTA's losing streak to nine consecutive games and losses in 13 of their last 14. They haven't celebrated a victory since April 29.

Four pitchers for Texas State (27-26-1, 15-14 Sun Belt) gave up a total of 12 hits to UTA (21-32, 11-18) but only allowed an RBI single by Omar Salinas in the sixth to scratch the scoreboard.

The teams will meet Saturday at 2 p.m. in the final regular season game of the year. The Sun Belt Conference Championships begin Tuesday in Lafayette, La.

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