UT Arlington collected 16 hits on its way to a 9-3 Sun Belt series-clinching victory over Appalachian State on Saturday.
“That’s a good way to finish the home season and win another series,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. “That gives us five out of six in conference play going into our series with Texas State next weekend and gives us a little bit of momentum.”
The Mavs (22-28, 13-14 Sun Belt) honored eight seniors before the game and three made big contributions during the game. Levi Scott went 3 for 5, scored two runs and had an RBI. Eric Tate was 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Travis Sibley went 2 for 5 and scored a run.
For the series, leadoff batter Matt McLean went 7-for-11 with a RBI and a double for the Mavericks. The Plano native went 3 for 4 with a RBI on Saturday against the Mountaineers 16-36, 8-21).
Underclassmen Brady Cox and RJ Williams both went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Joel Kuhnel (4-2) gave up six hits and a run in eight innings for the win.
UT Arlington 9, Appalachian St. 3
Springs, Howell (6) and Seagle. Kuhnel, Tornberg (9) and Cox. W—Kuhnel (4-2). L—Springs (4-2). 2B—App. St.: Burris, Dobson, Morton. UTA: Scott 2, Tate, McLemore, Williams. 3B—UTA: Farrell, Williams. E—App. St.: Pierson, Springs. UTA: Tate.
Records — UTA 22-28, 13-14 Sun Belt. Appalachian St. 16-36, 8-21.