College Baseball

UTA baseball loses ground early, falls to powerful Texas A&M

UT Arlington showed last weekend it can score runs — 31 in three games, to be exact — so a 4-0 deficit wouldn’t seem like too deep a hole to escape.

But when the guys holding the shovels form the second-ranked team in the country, it might as well be the Mariana Trench.

Texas A&M (36-5) got leadoff homers in the first and second innings from Blake Allemand and Hunter Melton, then added two more runs in the third en route to a 4-2 victory over the Mavericks on Tuesday in College Station.

UTA, which had scratched out a 3-4 record against ranked opponents before taking on the Aggies, got on the board in the fifth when Dalton DeLeon singled and eventually scored on a throwing error. The Mavs (17-22) made it 4-2 in the seventh thanks to a two-out double by Christian Hollie followed by a Matt McLean single.

UTA stranded runners at the corners with one out in the eighth.