Apr 25, 2014 11:58 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The second-ranked Louisiana baseball team defeated Texas State 8-6 in a back and forth affair on Friday night to take the series opener at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
"You have to learn how to win in many different ways," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "That's the good thing we have done all season is being able to learn how to win in different ways. Every night can be an adventure. We go back and forth, back and forth after the forth inning tonight. It was almost going to be whoever hit last was going to win. Our guys did a good job of continuing to come at them. We played good, solid defense and never gave up the three run inning."
For just the third time this year, the Ragin' Cajuns (38-5, 17-2 Sun Belt) won a game where they were outhit by the opponent with the Bobcats (23-19, 11-8 Sun Belt) outhitting the Cajuns 12-10.
Junior Caleb Adams was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk, scored two runs and drove in one. Blake Trahan, Ryan Leonards and Seth Harrison each had two hits in the game with Harrison driving in a game-high three runs for Louisiana. Trahan is now riding a 14-game hit streak and has reached base in 19 straight games.
Starter Austin Robichaux went four innings in a no decision giving up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
Greg Milhorn tallied his fourth win of the season after throwing 1.2 innings in relief, while the Bobcats' Ross Goebel was tagged with his first loss of the year surrendering two runs (one earned) on a hit and did not record an out.
Tanner Hill put Texas State up 1-0 in the top of the second when he brought home Granger Studdard on a ball hit to shortstop.
The Cajuns answered in the bottom half of the second as Harrison drove a single through the left side of the infield to score Adams from second to tie the game at 1-all. Adams walked to lead off the inning and then moved to second on a ground ball to the right side of the infield by Tyler Girouard.
The Bobcats regained the lead 2-1 in the top of the third on a RBI single by Cameron Friess.
In the top of the fourth, Tyler Pearson increased the Texas State advantage to 3-1 on a solo home run to left.
Harrison jumped all over a 1-0 pitch in the bottom of the fourth sending it deep into the pine trees in left for a two-run homer to even the contest at 3-all. The home run was the ninth of the season for Harrison, which ties him for the team lead.
Louisiana went in front 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth on a double down the right field line by Trahan that scored Dylan Butler from second. In the next at bat, Leonards drove a double into the gap in right center to score Trahan. Leonards later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-3 Cajuns.
Tyler Hicks cut the lead to 6-4 in the top of the sixth on a RBI single to center scoring Ben McElroy from second.
Texas State tied the game at 6-all in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run to right by Studdard.
The Ragin' Cajuns regained the lead for the second time on the night in the bottom half of the seventh on a RBI triple down the left field line by Leonards. Two batters later, Adams brought Leonards home on a single to left to give Louisiana an 8-6 edge.
Ryan Wilson came on in the eighth inning and pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to record his second save of the season.
Junior Jace Conrad saw his team-best 32 game on base streak come to an end in the contest.
The Cajuns and Bobcats will be back in action tomorrow at 6 p.m. as the squad looks to win its 12th straight weekend series. Junior Carson Baranik will take the mound for Louisiana and boasts an 8-0 record with a 2.78 ERA.