ARLINGTON, Texas — Have a Sunday, Stefan Trosclair.
The second baseman hit for the cycle — the third player in program history to do so — as the No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team posted season highs in runs and hits to defeat Texas-Arlington 19-6 in seven innings.
The series victory was the ninth of the season for the Ragin’ Cajuns (29-16, 14-7 Sun Belt) and their sixth in a row. The Cajuns have won all four of their conference road series.
“When you think you can hit, you can hit,” coach Tony Robichaux said. “It’s just a matter of loosening them up and stepping away from things for a minute. Even though we didn’t get a win in the first game, we hit well all weekend.”
Brian Mills and Trosclair both went 4-for-5. Mills had five RBIs, and Trosclair joined Kyle Clement and Tommy Bates as the only players in school history to hit for the cycle. Clement increased his hitting streak to 10 games with his single in the third inning.
On the weekend, Mills was 9-for-15 with five RBIs and five runs. The Cajuns had 45 hits in the series, including 21 on Sunday, and scored 26 runs.
Freshman Hogan Harris (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning in relief. Starter Nick Lee gave up five runs on seven hits. UTA starter Jake Wilcox (3-4) was roughed up for six runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings.
The Cajuns surged for six runs in the third. Derek Herrington got the scoring going with an RBI double to right-center. Later, Mills hit the first pitch he saw from Wilcox over the fence in left for a three-run homer to give the Cajuns a 4-0 lead. Following a Clement single, Trosclair launched a two-run blast to center.
UTA (23-22, 9-12) got on the board in the bottom half on an RBI groundout by R.J. Williams.
The Cajuns added four runs in the fourth to take a 10-1 lead. Trosclair singled home the first run, scoring Mills with two outs. Brenn Conrad brought home two on a double down the left-field line, then came home on a throwing error to cap the scoring in the inning.
The Mavericks pulled back into the game in the fifth by scoring four runs on a bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch and a Colton Turner RBI groundout to cut the Cajuns’ lead to 10-5.
The Cajuns posted another six-run inning in the sixth to put the game out of reach. A two-run double by Joe Robbins and a two-run single by Mills highlighted the scoring in the inning.
The Cajuns added their final three runs in the seventh.
The Cajuns host Appalachian State in a three-game series next weekend at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field, starting with the opener at 6 p.m. Friday.