Louisiana Baseball Rallies To Defeat Southern

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team rallied for five runs in the sixth as the Cajuns came back from a four-run deficit to defeat Southern 5-4 Wednesday night at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

The win is the third straight for the Ragin' Cajuns as they improve to 25-15 on the year and complete the season sweep of the Jaguars (13-19). Louisiana has also won 10 of its last 12 contests.

"The one thing that I did like about what we did; we could have just sat there for the rest of the night and went 'poor old me' and felt sorry for ourselves," head coach Tony Robichaux said.

"But instead Bab (Anthony Babineaux) went down there and challenged the hitters in the inning that we scored the five spot. They jumped up and rose to the challenge, and the two pitchers at the end did a great job."

Freshman Logan Stoelke earned his first career victory in the contest throwing 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of starter Eric Carter. Stoelke allowed just one hit in the outing and had two strikeouts. Carter went 5.2 innings allowing four runs on six hits with a strikeout.

Dylan Moore added his fifth save in the game throwing a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts to close things out.

"They got on top of us early, but we stayed put right there," Robichaux added. "Eric did a good job after the three-run inning to come back and minimize any damage from that point on. From there, Stoelke did a great job for us, and of course D-Mo (Moore) has been lights out in the ninth inning for us."

Offensively, centerfielder Kyle Clement continued his hot hitting at the plate going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Clement has posted multiple hits in three straight games and in seven of the last 12 games that he has played in.

The Cajuns were outhit in the contest, 7-6, by Southern. Both second baseman Marcus Tomlin and centerfielder Lance Jones had a pair of hits on the evening.

Jags starter J'Markus George gave up three runs on three hits in five innings with six strikeouts in a no decision, while reliever Harold Miles saw his record fall to 0-3 after allowing two runs on three hits and two walks.

The Jaguars broke into the scoring column in the top of the third on an RBI single to left by Jones to make the score 1-0. In the next at bat, left fielder Tyler Kirksey drove a two-run homer off of Carter over the fence in right to extend the Southern advantage to three runs.

In the top of the sixth, the Jags looked as though they added a run on a ball hit to left by catcher Jose DeLa Torre, but Tomlin was called out for missing second base on an appeal. In the next at bat, Gavin Webster doubled to right to score DeLa Torre from second to give Southern a 4-0 lead.

The Ragin' Cajuns answered in the bottom half of the sixth exploding for five runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batsman. After freshman Jam Williams was hit by a pitch and shortstop Blake Trahan drew a walk from George to start the inning, Clement drove a single through the left side of the infield to plate Williams from second and put Louisiana on the board.

In the next at bat, second baseman Stefan Trosclair lined a single through the left side of the infield off of Myles to cut the Jags lead to 4-2. The single for Troclair increased his hit streak to 10 games giving him his second double-digit hit streak of the year.

Right fielder Dylan Butler drew the second walk of the sixth inning to load the bases before Clement came home to score on a Myles wild pitch to pull the Cajuns within a run. Later in the inning, catcher Evan Powell drove the third single through the left side of the infield to plate both Trosclair and Butler and give Louisiana a 5-4 edge.

Stoelke and Moore combined to allow just one hit and strike out four over the last three innings to close out the game.

The Cajuns continue a four-game homestand this weekend as they host UT Arlington at the "Tigue" in a three-game conference series start Friday at 6 p.m.

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