April 18, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington held two leads against Sun Belt Conference-leading Louisiana before falling to the Rajin' Cajuns rallied back to win 9-5 Friday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Mavericks (16-22) fell to 8-8 in conference action, snapping a two-game league winning streak. Louisiana, ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings, improved to 35-4 and 15-1. The series continues Saturday (2 p.m.) and concludes Sunday (1 p.m.).
The Cajuns scored four runs in the eighth on five hits against two UTA relievers to lead 8-4. Louisiana opened the frame with two bunt hits, setting the table for a big inning.
The Mavericks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against UL starter Carson Baranik. Eric Tate singled with one out and scored on Matt Shortall's triple that eluded Louisiana center fielder Seth Harrison. The inning ended with a double play, as Shortall was thrown out at home by Harrison after Ryan Bottger's fly out.
Caleb Adams put the Rajin' Cajuns up 2-1 with a two-run homer to right in the fourth. UTA starter Brad Vachon didn't allow a hit through first three innings.
The Mavericks let a golden chance to at least tie the game in the fourth slip away. Bottger was left stranded after a one-out triple after Baranik struck out the next two batters.
Baranik wasn't as lucky in the fifth. UTA chased the right-hander, scoring three runs for a 4-2 lead. Derek Miller had a two-run single with the bases loaded and Shortall had run-scoring single.
Vachon pitched into the seventh, departing with one out and two on in favor of reliever TJ Whidby. Those two runs scored on Harrison's two-out triple of the left-field wall, tying the game 4-4. Senior left-hander Chase came on for Whidby and ended with inning with a fly ball to center.
The Mavericks loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh before the inning ended on Levi Scott's line drive to right.
Miller, Shortall, Bottger and Scott each had at least two hits for UTA. Adams had two homers for Louisiana.