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Combined 5-hitter helps UT Arlington shut out South Alabama

Brad Vassar and Kyle Laberge combined on a five-hit shutout and UT Arlington scored five runs in the first inning on the way to a 7-0 victory over South Alabama in Sun Belt Conference baseball on Saturday.

The Jaguars won the opener 6-1 on Friday.

Brady Cox hit a grand slam in the first inning, helping stake the Mavericks (8-7, 3-2) to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Jerame Littell followed with a solo shot.

Vassar and Laberge, meanwhile, kept USA (12-7, 3-2) off the scoreboard. Vassar gave up three hits in five innings and Laberge two hits in four innings.

“Obviously the grand slam got us off to a good start, but it was a tough day to pitch,” UTA coach Darin Thomas said. “With the wind blowing, you have to play the outfielders a little deeper than normal. It’s kind of a rare day here. You don’t get many days with the wind blowing out, but we got five runs early and that was enough.”

Eric Tate and Jackson Morris singled and Levi Scott walked to load the bases for Cox.

Matt McLean had two hits for UTA.

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