ARLINGTON, Texas – The 20th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team came up empty handed in a doubleheader against UT Arlington falling 10-2 and 9-3 on Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark to get swept in a series for the first time since 2013.
“In a long season you’ll catch a bad game here and there, and what you try to stay away from is a bad weekend,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “We ran into one of those this weekend, and we need to shake this one off and come back ready to play next weekend. We have finals coming up and hopefully we can get some rest and finish up our school work and be ready to go next weekend.”
The series loss to the Mavericks (26-17, 16-5 Sun Belt) ends a streak of 18 straight unbeaten series for the Cajuns (27-17-1, 13-7-1 Sun Belt).
Junior Gunner Leger (8-2) suffered his second loss of the season and first in conference play in the first game of the doubleheader after giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits in 2.2 innings of work. Mavericks starter Trae Patterson (5-3) earned the victory limiting the Cajuns to two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.
In game two, Hogan Harris (4-1) was handed his first loss of the year giving up six runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Jakob Hernandez (5-0) remained perfect on the year for the Mavs allowing three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in the win.
RJ Williams had five of the 18 UTA hits on the day with two doubles four RBI and four runs scored. Brady Cox went 3-for-9 with a pair of doubles and three RBI.
Senior Alex Pinero went 3-for-6 on the day with a walk, triple, home run, five RBI and scored a run. Kennon Fontenot and Brenn Conrad also had three hits in the doubleheader.
The Mavericks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning of game one on three hits and two Cajuns errors. Noah Vaughan singled home the first run of the game with two outs in the inning. In the next at bat, Williams doubled to the gap in right center to plate two more runs. The final run of the inning came home on a dropped fly ball by right fielder Steven Sensley.
Pinero cut the UT Arlington lead to 4-2 in the top of the sixth sending a two-run homer over the fence in left for his fourth home run of the year.
The Mavs got the two runs back though in the bottom half of the sixth on a two-out, two-run double down the right field line by Cox to make the score 6-2.
The Mavericks added two runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to make the final 10-2 in the opening game of the day.
In game two of the doubleheader, UTA got out to an early lead scoring two runs on a Cox RBI double to left centerfield and an Olson RBI single to left.
The Mavericks added four runs in the bottom of the fifth including three unearned runs to extend the lead to 6-0. A Quintin Rohrbaugh RBI single through the left side of the infield highlighted the scoring in the inning.
Pinero pulled the Cajuns within three runs at 6-3 in the top of the sixth with a bases clearing, three-run triple to right center with two outs.
UT Arlington answered with three runs in the bottom half of the sixth to increase its advantage to 9-3. The Mavs got the first two runs on bases loaded walks to Rohrbaugh and Vaughan. The final run of the inning came home on an error by Fontenot at second base.
The Cajuns action next weekend against Georgia Southern in a three-game series at Russo Park as the club will have the midweek off due to finals. First game of the series with the Eagles is slated for Friday at 6 p.m.
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