Clement Provides Walk-Off Winner

LAFAYETTE, La. – Junior Kyle Clement delivered a walk-off winner for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team on Saturday night as the Cajuns won their fifth straight contest defeating UT Arlington 3-2 in dramatic fashion at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

With the victory, the Ragin' Cajuns (27-15, 12-7 Sun Belt) have won 12 of their last 14 contests and are one win away from matching their season-best six-game win streak.

Louisiana goes for the sweep tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the "Tigue" as freshman right-hander Wyatt Marks takes the mound in the series finale. The Mavericks (17-24, 8-12 Sun Belt) will call on right-hander Joel Kuhnel to close out the series on the bump.

The Cajuns outhit UTA for the second straight contest 7-4 with both Clement and third baseman Evan Powell recording two hits on the evening. Blake Trahan went 1-for-3 in the game but reached base three times drawing two walks and swiped two bases. Trahan also had 10 assists on the night besting the previous school record of nine that was accomplished three times in program history.

Pitchers Evan Guillory and Chris Charpentier combined to allow just four hits in contest. Guillory notched his fourth quality start of the season limiting the Mavericks to two runs on four hits in seven innings with three walks and three strikeouts in a no decision.

Charpentier closed out the contest tossing two perfect innings of relief with a strikeout to pick up the victory and improve his record to 3-3 on the year.

UTA reliever Jacob Moreland was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings, while starter Brad Vassar gave up two runs on four hits in five innings.

The Mavericks took their first lead of the series in the second inning as catcher Dalton DeLeon delivered a two-out single to left to score the Jackson Morris from second base. In the next at bat, third baseman Eric Tate singled in left fielder Christian Hollie to make the score 2-0.

Louisiana answered with two runs in the bottom half of the second to even the contest at 2-all. Catcher Nick Thurman and Powell registered back-to-back singles with one out in the inning. With runners on the corners, Powell and Thurman pulled off a double steal to score Thurman from third and cut the lead to one run. Later in the inning, Trahan drove a two-out single into center to score Powell from second to tie things up.

In the bottom of the fifth, junior second baseman Stefan Trosclair matched his season-best 12-game hit streak with a single to left with two outs. Trosclair also improved his conference hit streak to 14 games with the hit.

After six scoreless innings, the Cajuns got a leadoff runner on in the ninth as Powell slapped a single into left. Powell moved to third after a sac bunt by Thurman and a ball hit to second by pinch hitter Jace Conrad. Following an intentional walk to Trahan, Clement provided the game winning hit beating out an infield single to the left side of the infield to score Powell from third.


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