Apr 30, 2014 12:09 AM by UL Sports Information
HAMMOND, La. - Senior Chase Compton's two-out two-run homer in the top of the ninth lifted the second-ranked Louisiana baseball team to a 6-5 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
"I don't know how much more I can say about this team and the way they never give up and just keep fighting the entire game," associate head coach Anthony Babineaux said. "What a great job by Chase Compton and Ryan Wilson to get the job done tonight. This team is never out of the game and just keeps finding different ways grinding out wins."
With the win, the Ragin' Cajuns (40-6, 18-3 Sun Belt) become the first team in the nation to reach 40 wins. The squad also is the fastest in program history to reach the 40-win mark.
Junior Greg Milhorn picked up the win in relief to move to 5-2 on the year. Milhorn had a strikeout and didn't walk anyone in the outing.
Wilson recorded his fourth of the season after throwing a scoreless ninth with two walks and a strikeout. The save is the third in the last four games for Wilson.
Southeastern closer Dylan Hill was tabbed with the loss giving up the two runs in the top of the ninth to fall to 3-3 on the season.
Louisiana was outhit 13-7 in the contest by the Lions (27-18, 12-9 Southland). Jace Conrad led the squad going 2-for-4 with a double, while Caleb Adams reached four times in the game with three walks and was hit by a pitch.
Seth Harrison brought home the first run of the game in the top of the first driving in Adams on a sac fly to right field. Tyler Girouard added another run in the inning on a double to left center scoring Conrad from third to make the score 2-0.
The Cajuns added a run in the second inning on another sac fly by Harrison scoring Adams for the second time in the contest. Adams walked with one out and then moved to third on a single by Conrad.
SLU broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI double to right center by Jameson Fisher.
Adams got the run back in the top of the sixth driving in Greg Davis on a sac fly to right to give Louisiana a 4-1 edge.
Brett Hoffman homered in the bottom half of the sixth to cut the Ragin' Cajuns advantage to 4-2.
The Lions grabbed the lead in the bottom of the eighth plating three runs on four hits. Sam Roberson singled in the first run of the inning. After Daniel Midyett stole home to tie the game, Kennon Menard brought home the go ahead run on a ground ball out up the middle.
Harrison reached on an error against Hill to leadoff the ninth. Hill then struck out Girouard and got Dylan Butler to ground into a force out to move within an out of the save. In the next at bat, Compton sent a 1-1 pitch well over the fence down the right field line to put the Cajuns back in front 6-5. The home run was the third of the year for Compton.
Wilson walked two of the first three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth, but then got a ground ball double play from Hoffman to end the contest.
The Cajuns and Lions meet again tomorrow at 6 p.m. at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. Freshman Reagan Bazar will make his first career start against SLU, while the Lions will counter with Gabe Von Rosenberg.