ARLINGTON, Texas — A two-run home run from Kacey Everett gave UT Arlington the lead in the third inning, and Samantha Clakley shut down a late rally attempt as the Mavericks snapped No. 5 Lousiana-Lafayette’s 16-game win streak with a 3-1 win in the Sun Belt Conference softball series finale on Sunday at Allan Saxe Field.
Clakley scattered six hits and struck out seven in the complete-game victory for the Mavericks (22-4, 1-2), who bounced back from a 13-0, 16-0 doubleheader sweep on Saturday.
Kylee Jo Trahan fell to 9-2 with the loss. She was charged with all three UTA runs in four innings. Alex Stewart pitched two innings of relief.
Kassidy Zeringue led the Ragin’ Cajuns (22-2, 4-1) with two hits (2-for-3). Shellie Landry collected the team’s RBI on a ground out in the third inning that forged a 1-1 tie.
UTA’s Sandra Mendoza posted a game-high three hits (3-for-3). Everett finished 2-for-3, with two RBIs coming on her game-winning hit.
In the seventh, Cajuns pinch hitter Taylor Terrio was hit by a pitch, and Kara Gremillion later singled. The runners moved to second and third base on a Zeringue bunt. But with the tying run at second base, Clakley induced a ground out from Haley Hayden for the game’s final out
A leadoff single by Mendoza, a sacrifice bunt by Laura Curry, a passed ball and sacrifice fly by Britnea Barilli helped the Mavericks grab a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat.
After Trahan erased a leadoff single in the second inning by retiring three straight UTA hitters, the Cajuns tied it in their next at-bat as Gremillion led off with a walk, stole second and later scored on a RBI ground out by Landry.
The Mavericks reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third inning as Everett belted a two-out, two-run home run to left-center for a 3-1 advantage.
The Ragin’ Cajuns missed a scoring opportunity in the fourth inning after a leadoff single by Kelsey Vincent and double from Aleah Craighton. On Craighton’s double, pinch runner Meagan Thomas was caught in a rundown between home and third base, then Clakley struck out DJ Sanders and Sara Corbello to end the threat.
In the fifth inning, Clakley worked around a one-out, bunt single by Zeringue and retired the 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup (Lexie Elkins, Vincent, Craighton) in order in the sixth inning.
The Cajuns continue their eight-game road trip by traveling to Troy for a Sun Belt series Friday and Saturday.