Eric Tate knocked in the winning run with an infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Louisiana Lafayette took a hard-fought 3-2 walk-off victory over UT Arlington in Sun Belt Conference baseball on Saturday night.
Evan Powell opened the ninth for the Ragin’ Cajuns (27-15, 12-7 Sun Belt) with a single.
He moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a ground ball. Following an intentional walk, Clement hit an infield single for the winning run.
UTA (17-24, 8-12) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Jackson Morris walked and Christian Hollie, Dalton DeLeon and Eric Tate all singled. DeLeon’s and Tate’s hits knocked in runs.
ULL tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the second, with Nick Thurman hitting a single and eventually stealing home. Blake Trahan had an RBI single.
Brad Vassar had a solid start for the Mavericks, giving up two runs and four hits in five innings.
Jacob Moreland pitched two innings of solid relief before running into trouble in the fateful ninth inning. Jake Wilcox gave up the winning infield single.
“I’m proud of the way we pitched it,” UTA coach Darin Thomas said. “All three guys did a great job, but four hits is not going to win you many games and it didn’t tonight. Two runs in two days isn’t going to get it done. We just can’t score.”
Evan Guillory and Chris Charpentier kept UTA’s hitters in check, combining on a 4-hitter.
Guillory gave up four hits and two runs in seven innings. Charpentier pitched two hitless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.