South Alabama scored six runs in the first inning Sunday, and the UT Arlington baseball team was unable to recover as the Jaguars completed a three-game sweep with a 6-4 victory over the Mavericks at Stanky Field.
UTA sophomore starter Adam Meyer allowed six of the first seven Jaguars hitters to reach, and South Alabama (15-6, 6-0 Sun Belt) struck for the biggest inning against the Mavericks (10-11, 2-4) this year.
Brad Vassar replaced Meyer in the first and tossed 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. But the damage was done, and the UTA rally fell short.
“Once again, [Vassar] did a great job and kept us in it,” coach Darin Thomas told UTAMavs.com. “We had the tying run at the plate a couple of times there late, and we squared two balls up hard in the ninth.
“Hopefully we learn from it and keep playing hard. We just have to be better.”
Noah Vaughan had a homer and two RBIs for the Mavericks, while RJ Williams collected two hits and scored two runs.
UTA will return home Tuesday night to battle Baylor (8-11, 1-2 Big 12) at Clay Gould Ballpark.