College Baseball

UT Arlington smashes host Troy in Sun Belt baseball’s opening round

A season’s worth of frustration came pouring out of the UT Arlington bats Wednesday night and landed squarely on the unsuspecting and No. 2-seeded Troy Trojans.

The 13-5 battering the seventh-seeded Mavericks laid upon their hosts came in an opening-round game of the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championships and after a 93-minute rain delay.

The rain done, it then rained hits and runs for the Mavs, who scored three in the first, saw Troy cut the deficit to one, scored three in the third and then smacked the Trojans with a five-run fifth inning fueled by Levi Scott’s grand slam.

That made it 11-4 and put UTA and its meager 25-30 record on its way to a Thursday meeting, at 7:30 p.m., with another upset special team, Texas State, which had ambushed powerful Louisiana-Lafayette 8-7.

A victory Thursday puts the Mavericks into Saturday play and a win away from playing for the tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

In other Sun Belt action, No. 5 Georgia State defeated No. 4 Georgia Southern 3-2, and No. 1 South Alabama beat No. 8 Arkansas State 8-2.

All eight teams are in action Thursday, with the two elimination games beginning the day, which starts at 9 a.m.

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