UT Arlington remained in the winners’ bracket of the Sun Belt Conference tournament with a 7-3 victory over Troy on Thursday night.
The Mavericks (32-25), winners of nine consecutive games, will play the Troy-Arkansas State winner at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Matt Shortall launched a three-run home run in the first inning and starter Zach Thompson earned the win, rebounding after a rough first inning.
Thompson threw five consecutive scoreless innings and pitched 72/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out eight.
Shortall’s home run, a mammoth shot to left-center field, was his 10th homer of the season. It was his 24th career home run, tying him with Richard Wilkerson for fifth place on the school’s all-time list.
UT Arlington 7, Troy 3
Thompson, Moreland (8), Hucul (8), Nack (9) and McCall. Hicks, Sullivan (7) and Tewksbury. W—Thompson (5-4). L—Hicks (2-10). 2B—UTA: Tate. Troy: D. Hall, T. Hall. HR—UTA: Shortall. SB—Troy: T. Hall. E—UTA: Tate. Troy: Masonia, Binder, Vaughn.