The Cajuns (30-16, 14-8 Sun Belt) and Mountaineers (14-34, 6-19 Sun Belt) will meet in the rubber match on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT. Freshman right-hander will make the start for Louisiana, while App State will go with senior left-hander Jeffrey Springs. The game can be heard live on KPEL 96.5 FM with Jay Walker making the call.
"You know you are going to score runs after facing a guy like we did last night," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "The hitters are going to see the ball better than they did the night before. Its an invisible climb facing a guy like we did last night, and it actually makes you a better hitter. We saw that today. Conversely we need to be careful that we come out and continue to hit tomorrow."
The Ragin' Cajuns pounded out 19 hits including seven doubles and six home runs. The six home runs is the most hit by an opponent at Smith Stadium and fell one short of the school record.
Senior designated hitter Tyler Girouard led the way going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and drove in three. Blake Trahan, Stefan Trosclair and Kyle Clement each had three hits on the day with Trosclair equaling a career-high with four RBI.
Junior reliever Will Bacon picked up the victory to move to 3-1 on the year. Bacon held App State to one run on four hits in three innings of work with a strikeout and a walk. Starter Evan Guillory was chased from the game in the fifth inning after giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in a no decision.
Sophomore Reagan Bazar tossed two scoreless innings to close out the game and had three strikeouts.
Starter Travis Holden was handed his fourth loss of the yard after surrendering nine runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.
Louisiana took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first for the second straight game on two-out double to left by Girouard.
The Mountaineers answered with two runs in the bottom half of the first on a two-run error by right fielder Dylan Butler on a ball hit by first baseman Conner Leonard to take a 2-1 edge.
The Cajuns would regain the lead for good in the top of the third on a two-run homer to right by Clement to make the score 3-2. The homer was the seventh of the season for Clement. Two batters later, Girouard launched his third home run of the season to right to extend the lead to 4-2.
The Ragin' Cajuns would add five runs on three hits and two walks in the top of the fourth to jump out to a 9-2 advantage. A solo home run by Evan Powell and a three-run homer by Trosclair highlighted the scoring in the inning. The homer for Trosclair gives him 12 on the year.
Centerfielder Brian Bauk cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single to center to make the score 9-3.
App State added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull within three runs on a Cajuns error and a pair of RBI singles by designated hitter Matt Brill and Bauk.
Louisiana blew the game open in the top of the sixth scoring six runs on five hits, a walk and an ASU error. A trio of RBI doubles by Girouard, Butler and Thurman highlighted the inning.
The Cajuns added five runs over the final three innings including a two-run double and a solo home run by first baseman Greg Davis to make the final 20-6.