UTA pulls upset of ULL by rallying in 9th

04/20/2014 9:16 PM

04/20/2014 11:25 PM

Eric Tate singled with the bases loaded and UT Arlington scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette 5-4 and avoid a sweep in Sun Belt Conference baseball on Sunday.

It’s the first time the Mavericks have beaten a team ranked as high as No. 2 since they beat Texas A&M on April 10, 2012.

“We did a lot of things right. It was a team win,” UTA coach Darin Thomas said. “The bullpen was great. Lafayette is on another level from the rest of the conference.”

The Mavericks (17-23, 9-9 Sun Belt) took advantage of wildness by Lafayette pitching to rally for the victory.

Ryan Bottger began the rally by drawing a walk. Greg McCall singled and a wild pitch brought in the first run.

Jackson Morris drew a walk and Levi Scott knocked in a run with a double.

Darien McLemore was hit by a pitch and Brandon Vinyard tied the game by hitting into a fielder’s choice.

Derek Miller was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Tate singled through the drawn-in infield, securing the walk-off victory.

Lafayette falls to 36-5 for the season and 16-2 in league play. It was the Cajuns’ first loss away from home this season.

Mavericks relief pitchers Chad Nack and Colin Tornberg combined to pitch seven innings and gave up only one run.

It was UTA’s first victory this season when trailing after eight innings.

The last walk-off win was May 11, 2013 against Texas State.

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