The UT Arlington baseball team used its strongest offensive performance of the season to rout Troy 18-5 on Saturday and even the three-game series at Riddle-Pace Field.
The Mavericks (21-19, 7-10 Sun Belt) scored seven runs with two outs in the fourth inning, and finished with a season-high 24 hits — their most in a game since 2008.
“We needed that one today,” coach Darin Thomas told UTAMavs.com. “We had been playing really tight lately, and it was good to see us finally break out. This is a series we need, and to take it we will need the same effort tomorrow.”
Cody Farrell and Darien McLemore each finished a triple shy of the cycle and Caleb Koedyker added a solo home run for UTA, which had its first three-homer game of the season.
Joel Kuhnel (4-2) allowed three runs, two earned, over six innings to pick up the victory. He struck out four and walked only one.
Troy (23-17, 9-8) used six pitchers in the loss, with starter Houston Mabray lasting just 2 1/3 innings, and the Trojans committed five errors.
The Mavericks and Trojans will meet in the rubber match of the series at noon Sunday. Sophomore Jake Wilcox will take the mound for UTA.