Louisiana Tech fell to 0-1 to open the season for the second time in three seasons.
Freshman right fielder Bre’shon Kimbell started in right field for the first time in his career.
Kimbell recorded his first career hit, RBI, and run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
First three Maverick batters reached a full count on junior pitcher Jeb Stefan.
Sophomore shortstop Ryan Gebhardt reached base for the 30th consecutive game and extended his hit streak to 18 games with a third inning single.
Junior second baseman Austin Hedges extended his hit streak to 11 games.
Sophomore catcher Kyle Arnsberg’s seventh inning grand slam was the first grand slam by a Tech player since March 4, 2011 against Middle Tennessee.
The grand slam was Arnsberg’s first career hit in a Bulldog uniform.
Arnsberg finished the game 2-for-2 with five runs batted in and a run scored.
Louisiana Tech allowed 17 runs on opening night, the most by the program in an opening day, pre-1972.
Sophomore right fielder Taylor Burch scored two runs, the first of his career.
Burch finished the game with a career-high two hits.
Junior second baseman Stephen Gandy recorded his first career hit as a Tech player in the ninth inning.
Freshman pitcher Mitch Antony pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds in his first collegiate appearance.
UT-Arlington pushed across 17 runs, the most given up by Louisiana Tech since May 28, 2011 when they surrendered 18 to Hawaii in the semifinals of the consolation bracket of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Tech’s 15 hits were the most since May 28, 2011 versus Hawaii when the Bulldogs had 18 hits.
Junior Ryan Jones suffered an elbow injury during the game and will be out for the rest of the series.