ARLINGTON, Texas — The top-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team scored seven runs in the final three innings to beat Texas-Arlington 9-5 and claim its 11th straight weekend series Saturday at Clay Gould Ballpark.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (36-4, 16-1 Sun Belt) remain undefeated on the road at 16-0 and are now on a six-game winning streak. This is their fourth stretch of six or more wins this season.
“We are getting a lot of different kinds of wins this year,” coach Tony Robichaux said.
UL-Lafayette recorded 17 hits, and the Mavericks (16-23, 8-9) had 14. Caleb Adams, Jace Conrad, Tyler Girouard and Blake Trahan each had three hits, while Dylan Butler had a game-high four RBIs.
Conrad extended his on-base streak to 30 games with a single in the fourth. Adams is 6-for-8 in the series and has two home runs, three RBIs and six runs.
Seth Harrison saw his 14-game hit streak and 25-game on-base streak end; he went 0-for-5 with an RBI.
Wilson held UTA to two runs and five hits in 5.2 innings with a strikeout and no walks.
Junior Austin Robichaux picked up his fifth win and first since March 21 with 2.1 innings of relief. He gave up two runs and five hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Greg Milhorn earned his second save after getting three outs with the bases loaded.
Butler broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth by sending a two-run double to left. In the bottom half, UT Arlington evened the contest when Matt Shortall drove a solo home run to right and Justin Copeland had an RBI double.
The Ragin’ Cajuns went back in front 3-2 in the seventh on a RBI grounder by Harrison. The Mavericks tied it again in the bottom of the inning on a double down the left-field line by Eric Tate.
The back-and-forth theme continued into the eighth as Trahan singled up the middle to plate Adams and Conrad to make it 5-3 Cajuns. Greg McCall led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run for the Mavericks to cut the lead to 5-4.
UL-Lafayette jumped to a 9-4 edge in the ninth by scoring four runs on three hits. Butler drove a two-out single up the middle to score a pair. In the next at-bat, Chase Compton hit the second pitch he saw well over the right-field fence to add two more runs.
UTA tacked on a run in its half of the ninth on a Ryan Bottger single before Milhorn got a foul out and a double play to end the game.
The Cajuns go for the sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday; lefthander Cody Boutte (5-0, 3.43 ERA) is slated to start. UL-Lafayette has swept four of five conference series this season and six overall.