Cajuns Use Six-Run Inning To Sweep Jackson St

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana baseball team erupted for six runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Cajuns defeated Jackson State 6-2 to complete the sweep on Sunday at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

With the win, the Ragin' Cajuns have won six straight and improve to 21-13 on the year.The six-game win streak matches a season high as the squad has now posted two sweeps in 2015.

"You've got to be prepared on a day like today. You score 15 runs the night before, so the next day the runs are going to be at a premium," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "We get rid of that one error, we don't give them any runs. I thought (Evan) Guillory did a great job all day. I told him, 'You're not going to have much run support, you're going to have to hang in for us."

"I thought the pitchers did a great job of keeping the game there, so that when we would score it would matter, and it did. We needed to come out there and break the game open. Joe (Robbins) did that, and that was huge for us. I'm glad for him. We hung in there. We were able to win all three in different ways this weekend."

Guillory held the Tigers (21-14) to two unearned runs on four hits in six innings of work. The freshman right-hander struck out six and allowed just one free pass.

Junior reliever Colton Lee notched his first career win for the Ragin' Cajuns tossing two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

Jamal Wilson was handed the loss for JSU after surrendering all seven runs in his two innings of work. Wilson gave up three hits, walked a batter and hit two on the afternoon.

Both teams had just four hits apiece in the contest with the Tigers' Jesus Santana registering a game-high two hits with two RBI. Junior shortstop Blake Trahan went 1-for-1 with two walks, a sac bunt and drove in two for the Cajuns.

After five scoreless innings, Jackson State jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run single to right center by Santana plating both Lamar Briggs and Jovany Filipe. The inning was prolonged due to an error by Trosclair at second which allowed Briggs to reach.

The Ragin' Cajuns answered with six runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter in the bottom of the seventh. Trosclair and Greg Davis got the inning started with back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. In the next at bat, catcher Nick Thurman reached to load the bases as Wilson looked to make a play at third but had no chance to get Trosclair on the sac bunt by Thurman.

Brenn Conrad plated the first run of the inning drawing a bases loaded walk to make the score 2-1 Jackson State. Wilson then hit Powell with a pitch in the next at bat to even the contest at 2-all.

After Wilson struck out Kyle Clement swinging, Robbins lined a single over the head of second baseman Melvin Rodriguez to plate two more runs and give Louisiana a 4-2 lead. Trahan tacked on two more runs in the inning on a two-run suicide squeeze play bringing home Powell from third and Robbins from second.

In the bottom of the eighth, Troslair was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning. He then stole second and moved to third on a sac fly to deep center by Davis. Trosclair scored the final run of the game on ball hit to second base by Thurman to make the score 7-2.

Freshman right-hander Dylan Moore came on in the ninth to retire the side in order, getting Sam Campbell swinging to end the contest.

Louisiana returns to action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. as they host in-state foe Southeastern Louisiana at the "Tigue". Following the matchup with the Lions, the Cajuns will return to Sun Belt play as they head to San Marcos, Texas to face Texas State in a three-game series.


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