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.
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“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.