UTA baseball swept as offensive struggles continue

Kyle Clement hit a two-run home run in the third inning, helping Louisiana Lafayette top UT Arlington 4-1 and sweep the Sun Belt Conference baseball series on Sunday.

UTA (17-25, 8-13 Sun Belt) outhit the Ragin’ Cajuns (28-15, 13-7) 9-7, but stranded six runners.

“We pitched it well again today,” UTA coach Darin Thomas said. “Both Joel [Kuhnel] and Colin [Tornberg] did a really good job against a very good hitting club. To be able to hold them to 12 runs all weekend in their home park, you can’t ask for more than that.”

Kuhnel gave up seven hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Tornberg didn’t give up any hits in 1 2/3 innings.

But the Lafayette duo of Wyatt Marks and Dylan Moore were even more effective. Marks ran his record to 5-0 by giving up one run on seven hits in seven innings.

Moore notched his sixth save by giving up no runs on two hits in two innings.

Matt McLean knocked in UTA’s only run in the third inning with a double.

No Mavericks batters managed more than one hit.

“We stumbled trying to score,” Thomas said. “In the third we had two doubles and a single and we had a chance at a lot more and we got just one.

“Then we loaded the bases in the fourth with no outs and we had a base running mistake and we didn’t score. We had a couple of chances in the third and fourth to knock their starter out.”