UTA Clips Cajuns in Ten Innings, 4-2
The UTA Mavericks scored two runs in the tenth inning to defeat the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, 4-2 to salvage the third game of their Sun Belt Conference Series Sunday at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
A sacrifice fly by Omar Salinas scored Josh Minjares with the first run in the tenth and a throwing error allowed Christian Hollie to score the second run of the inning.
Daniel James (1-3) pitched the final three scoreless innings to get credit for the win. Dylan Moore (1-3) was charged with the loss.
UTA (15-15, 7-5 Sun Belt) got a run off Cajuns' starter Nick Lee in the second on a triple by Noah Vaughan and a single by Boone Montgomery. Louisiana (15-17, 5-7) drew even in the third on a Hunter Kasuls triple and an RBI grounder by Kennon Fontenot. The Cajuns took their only lead of the game in the fourth inning when Kole McKinnon singled and scored on Daniel Lahare's RBI double, but the Mavericks tied it on Minjares' second homer of the year in the fifth. The Cajuns had a couple of chances, leaving the bases loaded in the seventh and two men on in the ninth. Louisiana also had two on in the tenth, but Tyler Stover lined out and pinch hitter Monroe Moll struck out to end the game.
"The bottom line is, we've got to score more than two runs on Sunday," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "We had plenty of chances to get a timely hit and didn't get it done."
Lahare had a career high four hits in the game for the Cajuns, while Hayden Cantrelle added a pair of hits. Minjares, Will Olson and Montgomery each had a pair of hits for the Mavericks.
The Cajuns will remain at home for a pair of midweek games as Louisiana hosts McNeese State on Tuesday and Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday.