Cajuns Baseball Sweeps Mavericks

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team picked up its sixth straight victory on Sunday defeating UT Arlington 4-1 to sweep the series at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

The Cajuns (28-15, 12-7 Sun Belt) have won eight series on the year including three sweeps. Louisiana has also won 13 of its last 15 contests to improve to a season-best 13 games over .500.

"We actually have things where we want them right now," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "So we are going to have to ride this while we can. Pitching, defense and timely hitting…That's what we did all weekend. That leads to winning baseball games."

Freshman right-hander Wyatt Marks posted the third consecutive quality start for the Ragin' Cajuns on the mound over the weekend limiting the Mavericks (17-25, 8-13 Sun Belt) to one run on seven hits in seven innings with a walk and four strikeouts. Marks improved to 5-0 on the season in the start, tying freshman Gunner Leger for the most wins on the team.

Freshman reliever Dylan Moore recorded his sixth save of the season in the game posting two scoreless innings with a strikeout to close out contest.

UTA starter Joel Kuhnel was touched for four runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings with one walk and two strikeouts to fall to 2-2 on the year.

The Cajuns were outhit 9-7 by UT Arlington though no Mavericks had a multi-hit effort on the day. Designated hitter Tyler Girouard had a game-high two hits and scored a run for the Ragin' Cajuns. Junior outfielder Kyle Clement continued his hot hitting with his sixth home run in the last 11 games.

UT Arlington jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a double off of the fence in right by centerfielder Matt McLean scoring second baseman Darien McLemore from third. Marks escaped any more damage in the inning inducing a pop up to short by left fielder Christian Hollie and struck out shortstop Travis Sibley to end the threat.

Louisiana answered in the bottom half of the third with a two-run opposite field homer to left by Clement on a 0-1 pitch from Kuhnel to give the Cajuns a 2-1 edge.

In the top of the fourth, the Mavericks loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to start the inning. Marks got a big play from shortstop Blake Trahan as he snagged a line drive from McLemore and doubled up first baseman Levi Scott at third. In the next at bat, third baseman Eric Tate flew out to right to end the inning.

The Cajuns extended the advantage to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth as right fielder Dylan Butler drove a single up the middle to score Girouard from second. Girouard led off the inning with an infield single and then moved to second on a wild pitch.

Junior second baseman Stefan Trosclair added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to left off of Kuhnel. The homer gives Troclair a team-best 10 on the season and extends his hit streak to a season-high 13 games as he has posted at least one hit in 25 of the last 26 games.

Louisiana will open its second straight five-game week on Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a road contest at in-state foe Nicholls State. Following the matchup with the Colonels, the Cajuns host New Orleans on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the "Tigue".

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