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Cajuns Explode Late to Take Series From Mavericks

Brad Kemp/ragincajuns.com

Blake Trahan’s two run single in the eighth inning gave Louisiana the lead for good, and Dylan Butler and Chase Compton drove in four more runs in the ninth inning as the #1 ranked Ragin’ Cajuns scored all their runs in the final four innings, defeating UT Arlington 9-5 before 610 fans at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The win was the sixth in a row for the Cajuns, who are now a perfect 16-0 in games played away from “Tigue” Moore Field this season.

With the score tied going into the eighth inning, Caleb Adams led off with a single,off reliever Justin Schnedler, his third hit of the game and sixth of the series.  Jace Conrad then doubled off the line against reliever Zach Hobbs.  Mavs’ closer Jess Amedee came in and gout Butler to ground out.  He walked Chase Compton intentionally and struck out Michael Strentz, before Trahan singled off the glove of second baseman Darien McLemore to give the Cajuns the lead 5-3.

UTA (16-23, 8-9 Sun Belt) got one of runs back off winning pitcher Austin Robichaux (5-2) on a home run by Greg McCall, but stranded two base runners when Robichaux struck out Sibley and got Derek Miller on a ground ball to third.

Louisiana (36-4, 16-1 Sun Belt) then put the game away in the ninth when Tyler Girouard singled with one out.  Adams was hit by a pitch and, after Jace Conrad grounded to first, Butler singled to drive home two runs and extend the Cajuns lead to 7-4.  Chase Compton then followed with a two run blast off reliever Chase Weaver to give the Cajuns the comfortable margin.

UTA scored one in the ninth off reliever Reagan Bazar before Greg Milhorn came in to shut the door for his second save.

The two teams were scoreless going into the sixth inning before the Cajuns leaded the bases with two out.  Butler then doubled past third baseman Brady Cox to get the Cajuns on the board.

Cajuns left hander Ryan Wilson cruised into the sixth, but with two out, Matt Shortall homered to right center, and, after Bottger singled, Chris Griffitt was summoned from the bullpen to face left handed catcher Greg McCall.  McCall singled and then Justin Copeland doubled past third baseman Ryan Leonards with Matt Hicks on the mound to tie the game.  Robichaux came on and got Levi Scott on a ground ball to end the inning.

The Cajuns got another run in the seventh on a Seth Harrison ground out to take a 3-2 lead, but UTA tied it again on doubles by Sibley and Tate.

The two teams combined for eight hits in the first five innings, but exploded for 23 hits over the last four frames.  Trahan, Girouard, Adams and Conrad all had three hits each for the Cajuns, while Butler had two hits and drove in a game high four runs.

Shortall, Bottger and Copeland each had three hits for UTA, who totaled 14 hits in the contest, compared to 17 for the Cajuns.

Cody Boutte (5-0) will take the mound for the Cajuns tomorrow in the attempt for the three game sweep.  Game time is at 1pm.

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