Red Wolves Fall in Game Two

Until the 9th inning Saturday night, the UL-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns had done very little impressive against the Arkansas State Red Wolves, yet the led 5-0 before a season-best crowd of 1,009 at TomlinsonStadium-Kell Field.

What the No. 2-ranked team did was play baseball. ULL (43-6, 20-3) made no errors and they took what the Red Wolves (26-21, 14-9) gave them, which, for the second straight night was way too much. Against a team as good as the Ragin Cajuns, who have the nation's best record and the best road record, mistakes need to be kept at a minimum. A talented, deep well-balanced team took advantage of every Red Wolves' miscue.

"Were we trying to be extra special against and extra special team, it's possible,'' said Red Wolves coach Tommy Raffo said. "It can happen. It's human nature.

"But we like our guys a lot. We believe in our guys. We just have to come back and play better tomorrow.

"They are a complete team and I think they are going to go far and represent the Sun Belt well. They can put pressure on you so many ways. In a big park like ours they can play small ball too."

A bad second inning, which include two errors, gave ULL a 3-0 lead. Two of the runs against Bradley Wallace, who struck out a career high 12 in seven innings, were unearned.

That gave ULL 5 unearned runs in the two games vs. A-State, a team that had only given up 12 in 21 conference games coming into this weekend.

ASU allowed 10 hits but struck out 17 ULL batters, a best this season against a team that came in batting .393 and was second in the NCAA in on-base percentage (521). The Cajuns had two infield hits and only one extra base hit.

"Our pitchers did a fantastic job," said Raffo. "They deserved a better fate.''

ULL starter Carson Baranik (9-1) needed only 84 pitches to work through the A-State lineup.

"You have to give him credit," said Raffo. "We had a good fast ball and had great control and he threw a slider ball that gave us trouble. It was hard to detect."

Game three of the series is Sunday afternoon at 1. Tanner Gaines (3-0, 3.86) goes against ULL's Cody Boutte (6-0).