Cajuns Baseball Downs Georgia Southern 5-1

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team defeated Georgia Southern 5-1 in a rain shortened series finale on Sunday at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

With the victory, the Cajuns improve to 16-13 overall and 8-6 in Sun Belt Conference play. Georgia Southern falls to 19-14 on the year and 9-6 in league action.

"The good thing for us is that we hung on and didn't get swept," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "They way we are treating things is that Saturday was the last game of the first half of the season. We are now 1-0 in the second half with the win today. We need to fix the things that made us average in the first half. Our thing today was to get rid of the errors and running mistakes, and play a total game and were able to do that."

Freshman right-hander Evan Guillory notched his second straight quality start limiting the Eagles to one run on six hits in six innings to move to 3-0 on the year. Guillory had six strikeouts in the outing.

"Evan threw a good ballgame for us," Robichaux added. "He set a good tempo in the first inning, and from that point forward the rest of the day fell into place. When a pitcher sets a good tempo for you, it makes it a lot easier to play behind you."

Fellow freshman Dylan Moore picked up his fourth save of the season throwing two scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.

Starter Conner Simmons was the losing pitcher of record for Georgia Southern giving up two runs on three hits in three innings of work to fall to 1-2 on the year.

Offensively, Louisiana outhit the Eagles 9-7 led by Stefan Trosclair, Blake Trahan and Dylan Butler who each registered two hits. Both Trahan and Trosclair extended their hit streaks in the contest as Trahan is now sitting on a 20-game hit streak, while Trosclair ran his hit streak to 12 games on his fourth home run of the season.

Butler gave the Cajuns a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as he drove a line drive solo homer off of Simmons for his four home run of the year.

The Eagles answered in the top of the third on a bases loaded ground out by Chase Griffin to plate Logan Baldwin and even the game at 1-all. Guillory got a big strikeout in the next at bat to end the threat and limit the damage.

Louisiana regained the lead in the bottom of the third on a two-out single by Girouard scoring Trahan from third to make the score 2-1. Trahan led off the inning with a single to left field to extend his hit streak.

Georgia Southern loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fourth, but Guillory settled down and induced a ground out by Kody Adams to second base to end the inning.

The Cajuns added three runs in the bottom of the fifth to get out to a 5-1 advantage. Trosclair notched his third home run of the series to start the inning. After the Cajuns put runners on the corners, catcher Nick Thurman increased the lead to 4-1 on a safety squeeze with no outs. Two batters later, pinch hitter Kyle Clement lined a ball off of right-hander Patrick Riley for in infield single to score Greg Davis from third.

With runners on second and third and one out in the eighth for Louisiana, the skies opened up causing the game to be halted just before the drop dead time. After a 28 minute delay the game was called with the score 5-1.

The Cajuns return to action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. as they host No. 20 Houston at the "Tigue" in the first of five games on the week. Following the matchup with the Cougars, Louisiana will head east on I-10 to face in-state foe Southern at Lee-Hines Field.


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