Three-run Eighth Lifts Cajuns to 9-6 Win

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Ragin' Cajuns baseball team rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Arkansas State 9-6 in a back-and-forth game on Saturday at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

The win moves Louisiana to 14-10 on the year overall and 6-4 in league play. The Cajuns outhit the Red Wolves (11-13, 3-7 Sun Belt) 11-9 in the game led by junior outfielder Brian Mills who posted a career-high three hits to extend his hit streak to 10 games. Mills went 3-for-4 with two RBI, two stolen bases and scored a run.

Junior Blake Trahan equaled his career-best 15-game hit streak going 1-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice. Dylan Butler and Stefan Trosclair each had a pair of hits in the game. Trosclair's single in the fourth moved his hit streak to seven games.

Reliever Chris Charpentier improved his record to 2-2 on the season registering the win after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to close out the game.

Coulton Lee took the loss for Arkansas State after giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in an inning of work.

Offensively, Zach George was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Red Wolves with a double and drove in one run.

Arkansas State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Stuart Levy and a RBI triple by Collin Massanelli.

In the bottom of the third, Greg Davis drove a sac fly into deep center with Trahan on second and Trosclair on third to cut the ASU lead to 2-1. In the next at bat, Nick Thurman lined a ball back up the middle to single in Trahan and even the contest at 2-all.

Matt Burgess singled in a run with two outs in the top of the fifth to put the Red Wolves back in front 3-2.

The Cajuns would answer in the bottom of the sixth loading the bases with two outs for Mills. The junior deposited a two-run single into center to give Louisiana its first lead of the day at 4-3.

ASU would answer though in the top of the seventh notching two runs on a sac fly by Austin Baker and an error by Davis at first base to take its third lead of the afternoon.

The back-and-forth affair continued in the bottom half of the seventh when Butler launched his third home run of the year over the fence in left for a two-run homer and make the score 6-5 Ragin' Cajuns.

The Red Wolves scored a run without the benefit of a hit in the top of the eighth as George drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk to even the game at 6-all. Charpentier then came on for Louisiana and got two huge strikeouts with the bases loaded to keep the game tied.

The Cajuns exploded for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 9-6 advantage. Trosclair scored the eventual game-winning run on a ball hit to shortstop by Trahan with one out in the inning. After Davis was intentionally walked to load the bases, Mills came home to score on missed suicide squeeze attempt that turned into a triple steal for the Cajuns. Thurman brought home the final run of the contest on a RBI ground out to third.

The Ragin' Cajuns and Red Wolves meet in the rubber match tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the "Tigue". Freshman right-hander Evan Guillory will face off against ASU right-hander David Owen.

Following the series finale with Arkansas State, the Cajuns will head to Metairie, La. to face No. 1 LSU in the Wally Pontiff Classic.

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