Matt Otteman hit a two-run home run and Nathan Long pitched seven strong innings as No. 5 seed UT-Arlington defeated eighth-seeded Stephen F. Austin State 7-4 today to stay alive in the Southland Conference baseball tournament in Corpus Christi.
Otteman's home run in the fifth inning gave the Mavericks a 4-1 lead. UTA scored in six of nine innings to back Long, who gave up eight hits and three runs in seven innings.
UTA will play an afternoon game Friday in a bid to come out of the loser's bracket and earn the Southland's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Mavericks lost their opening game Wednesday night when Lamar rallied with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 4-3 victory.
Otteman, Michael Choice, Andrew Kainer, Mitch Putman and Chad Comer each had two hits in a 12-hit Mavericks attack.
Adam Boyston pitched 1 1/3 innings for the save.