Mar 10, 2014 12:07 AM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - A six-run seventh inning lifted the seventh-ranked Louisiana baseball team to a series sweep of Texas Southern on Sunday afternoon as the Cajuns won 7-2 in the series finale at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
The sweep gives the Cajuns (13-2) their fifth consecutive series win, and is the best 15-game start since 2005 when the team opened the year with a 14-1 record.
Louisiana pounded out nine hits in the game led by centerfielder Seth Harrison who went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and scored two runs. Jace Conrad had his third consecutive multi-RBI game with three on the day. Conrad posted 10 RBI in the series.
"Our hitters did a great job of not letting their starter expand the strike zone, and even though we didn't have anything to show for it early, we were hitting the ball on the nose," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "We just keep swinging, and eventually we were able to break through when we got into their bullpen."
Senior Matt Plitt earned his first victory of the season and fifth of his career throwing 5.1 scoreless innings in relief, limiting the Tigers (5-12) to just one hit. Plitt retired the last nine batters he faced and didn't allow a runner to reach second.
"I thought Plitt did a good job today," Robichaux added. "He had to come in immediately because of an injury to Greg Milhorn. In order to beat soft throwers you have to pitch and match them. You can't get frustrated, because it can get frustrating facing them."
Texas Southern starter Devin Konarik held the Cajuns in check for the first half of the game giving up just one run on four hits in 5.1 innings in a no decision.
Robert Pearson was tabbed with the loss after surrendering six runs on four hits in 1.1 innings to fall to 0-1.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the second when first baseman Chris Lopez plated Conor Dishman on a sac fly to center.
Neither team would scratch a run across until the bottom of the sixth when Conrad brought home Harrison on a ball hit to second to even the game at 1-all. Harrison led off the inning with a double and then moved to third on a balk by Konarik.
The Cajuns exploded for six runs in the bottom of the seventh on five hits and two walks to grab the lead. Blake Trahan started the scoring shooting a 2-run single through the left side of the infield. In the next at bat, Harrison singled to center to make the score 4-1. Conrad picked up two more RBI on a single to left field before Ryan Leonards capped the scoring on a RBI-double.
The attendance for the series was over 10,000 for the third straight weekend at home with 10,839 fans at the Tigue for the sweep.
The Ragin' Cajuns open a four-game road swing on Tuesday as the team heads to New Orleans, La. to face in-state rival Tulane in a 6:30 p.m. contest. After facing the Green Wave, the Cajuns open conference play at ULM with a 6 p.m. start on Friday.
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