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.
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.