UTA rallies to nip Cajuns

ARLINGTON, Texas — UT Arlington rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to get a 5-4 walk-off win against the top-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team Sunday in the series finale at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Cajuns led 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, but the Mavericks scored three runs to tie the game by the time the first out was recorded. Eric Tate then provided the heroics for UTA (17-23, 9-9 Sun Belt), driving a single through the left side of the infield to score the game-winning run.

UL-Lafayette (36-5, 16-2) had its streak of 16 straight road wins end.

Cajuns starter Cody Boutte posted a quality start, holding the Mavericks to one unearned run on two hits in seven innings. He had four walks and three strikeouts.

“Boutte was great for us today,” UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux said. “He kept a good hitting team in check for most of the game. And then (Matt) Plitt came on and did his job in the eighth. We just didn’t get it done in the ninth, and that cost us the ballgame.”

Greg Milhorn was tabbed with his second loss, giving up four runs on two hits in the ninth without recording an out.

Colin Tornberg (1-1) earned the win for UT Arlington, throwing three scoreless innings. Tornberg allowed just one base runner in the three innings on a double by Blake Trahan.

The Ragin’ Cajuns outhit the Mavericks 9-6, with Trahan and Jace Conrad each having two hits. Conrad increased his on-base streak to 31 games, tying Caleb Adams for the longest streak this season.

Chase Compton put the Cajuns up in the top of the second, driving in Conrad on a single to right center. Two batters later, Trahan sent a single through the left side of the infield to bring in Dylan Butler. Compton moved to third on a fly out to right by Ryan Leonards and then came in to score on a wild pitch by UTA starter Daniel Milliman.

Caleb Adams brought a run home in the top of the fifth as he singled in Seth Harrison from second. Harrison reached on a one-out double to left field.

The Mavericks got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Tate scored on an infield single by Ryan Bottger.

UT Arlington cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Bottger scored on a wild pitch by Milhorn. Levi Scott pulled the Mavs within a run later in the inning on a RBI double to left center. After Reagan Bazar came on to try and end the threat, pinch hitter Brandon Vinyard tied the game on a RBI ground out to first.

The Ragin’ Cajuns return home for four games at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday against McNeese State. UL-Lafayette then hosts Texas State in a three-game Sun Belt series starting at 6 p.m. Friday.