UTA reliever Drew Clementz ended up playing the hero as he came in to get the save today against Alabama.
Clementz, a junior righthander from Katy Taylor, pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up just a walk in the three batters he faced.
"He wanted the ball right there,'' Mavericks coach Darin Thomas said. "We needed that cause we've struggled out of the pen. We've been in every game but it seems like when we go to the pen not necessarily good things always happen, and we needed him to pick us up right there."
Clementz, who entered the game having allowed no earned runs in just over two innings of work, wasn't nervous at all about coming in with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. He said all it comes down to is throwing strikes, getting ahead and getting the outs.
It could provide the Mavericks bullpen with a shot of confidence, too, he said.
"I think so," he said. "All our guys do a great job. Once everybody starts clicking, it will be a lot less stressful and they'll know they'll be able to throw anybody out there and we'll get the job done."