Strong start sours for Mavs

Tuesday, August 5, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:32 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Mid-Missouri looked poised to start another win streak early Monday night, but was unable to contain the Richmond Roosters offense.

The Mavericks fell 5-0 to the Roosters at Taylor Stadium, losing for the second-straight night. Mid-Missouri (26-39) lost despite committing no errors.

Mavericks starting pitcher Justin Stine retired seven of the first eight batters he faced, striking out five.

Richmond shortstop Jose Sandoval Jr. changed the tempo with a single in the third inning. Sandoval was caught stealing, but sparked his team. The next four Roosters batters recorded hits giving Richmond three runs in the inning.

Stine (5-5) said he wasn’t accurate with his pitches.

“I didn’t have good control tonight,” Stine said. “I walked two guys and I never like giving out walks.”

Stine lasted 7 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two.

The Mavericks threatened in the third and fourth but came up empty.

With one out in the third, left fielder Joe Nichols singled to right-center field but was thrown out at second when center fielder Bryan Hedgecock’s bunt rolled right to Roosters pitcher Chad Spencer. Hedgecock reached first on the fielder’s choice but the inning ended when shortstop Cooper Vittitow grounded out to Spencer.

In the fourth, first baseman Bill Greenwell singled and advanced to second after catcher Jose Carreno was hit by a pitch with one out. Designated hitter Blake Blase struck out and third baseman Seth Brown grounded out to end the inning.

Spencer got the win for Richmond. He pitched six innings, giving up four hits, no runs and no walks, and totaled seven strikeouts.

Mavericks hitting coach Mark Schlosser said Spencer kept Mid-Missouri off balance with his pitch selection.

“He had a good slider and he threw unpredictable counts,” Schlosser said. “At 3-1, we’re expecting fastball and he comes with the slider.”

The Roosters added two runs in the eighth as right fielder Phil Willingham scored from third on a second baseman Key Voshell’s sacrifice fly. Center fielder Rory Thornton singled home designated hitter Joe Apotheker from second with two outs.

Roosters third baseman Blake Leverett ground into a 6-4-3 double play in the fourth after Thornton’s single to right. The Roosters were retired in order in four of the innings as Stine, along with relievers Dan Moellering and John Turrell managed to keep the ball on the ground.

Second baseman Adam Rittenhouse went 2-for-4 for the Mavs.

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