UT Arlington: Brad Vachon, Keegan Hucul Shutout Texas State

Texas State ARLINGTON, Texas – Brad Vachon and Keegan Hucul combined to shutout Texas State for the second straight game and by the same 1-0 score as Friday as UT Arlington grabbed the second seed in the Sun Belt in the win Saturday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Vachon started the game for the Mavericks and pitched seven scoreless innings allowing three hits and three walks with nine strike outs to improve to 5-5 on the year.

Keegan Hucul came in the game in the eighth to finish the game and earn a two-inning save. Hucul allowed no hits or walks as he closed out the win. The Mavericks’ pitching staff held the Bobcats scoreless over the final 18 innings of the series.

UT Arlington scored the game’s only run after Eric Tate led off the sixth with a single and then scored on a single by John Michael Twichell.

The Mavericks earned a 3-3 split of the season series with the Bobcats and will be the No. 2 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament that begins Wednesday in Mobile, Alabama. UTA will play host South Alabama in Game 4 of the tournament.

Texas State holds as the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will play Western Kentucky in Game 1.

LAFAYETTE, La. – Seth Harrison hit a walk-off single in the 14th inning as No. 2 Louisiana Lafayette swept Louisiana Monroe for the second time this season with a 6-5 win at Tigue Moore Field on Saturday. These teams will play a rematch in Game 2 of the tournament Wednesday.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Stuart Levy drove in three runs on a pair of hits as Arkansas State defeated Arkansas Little Rock 7-2 at Gary Hogan Field on Saturday. Zach Maggio and Tanner Ring each had three hits and scored twice on the day as the Red Wolves wrap up the No. 3 seed and will play Troy in Game 3 of the tournament.

TROY, Ala. – Kevin Hill threw a complete game and fanned 14 to help South Alabama defeat Troy 7-3 on Saturday to clinch the No. 7 seed and eliminate UALR from the tournament. Hill allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks to improve to 4-5 on the year.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Chad Prain hit a three-run double that broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth as Georgia State dropped Western Kentucky 5-4 to avoid the sweep at Nick Denes Field on Saturday. Prain drove in four runs on the day as Georgia State closed its inaugural season in the Sun Belt with a win.

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Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MarkWestCBC Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC