Cajuns Split With Huskers

The Ragin'Cajuns and the Nebraska Cornhuskers ran into a rain delay in the top of the fourth of game 2, following a 2-1 win for Louisiana in the early game. The Cajuns went on to lose the late game by a score of 9-8.

Game One

The Ragin' Cajuns started sophomore right hander Michael Cook on the mound for Game 1. Cook retired the first 15 batters he faced, the streak ending in the top of the sixth when he hit visiting shortstop Ben Kline.

The book closed on Cook after 6 2/3 innings, leaving the game with a 2-1 lead. He allowed three hits, one run, earned, and gave up one walk on his way to the win.

Luke Wagley entered in the seventh and threw 2 1/3 innings, holding the Huskers hitless and scoreless with two strikeouts and no walks in eight at bats. His flawless relief earned him the save.

The Cajuns' first run came in the bottom of the opening frame. Center fielder Brian Bowman scored from third on a sacrifice fly off the bat of first baseman Scott Hawkins, the senior's first RBI of the season.

Louisiana added a run to make it 2-0 in the fifth when Greg Fontenot squeezed the first double of his career between Husker first baseman Cade Thompson and the first base line, and then scored on a Kyle Bostick RBI single into center field.

Game Two

Junior Greg Wilborn took the mound to start the game, and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, four runs, all earned, with one walk and four strikeouts in his first start in over a year. Wilborn missed the 2008 season due to recovery from surgery.

Luke Wagley, Matt Broussard, and Greg Harmon all made appearances in the game. Wagley was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs, all earned, on four hits and two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning.

In the first inning, Kyle Bostick scored from third on a Les Smith single to left field.

The Cornhuskers returned the favor in the top of the second, scoring a run on two straight doubles to open the inning.

UL scored two runs in the bottom of the second, the second two-run inning for the Cajuns on the season after two in the sixth inning of Friday's loss. Thad Griffen doubled in Chance Harst, then came around to score on freshman designated hitter Alex Fuselier's RBI single to right field.

After holding Nebraska scoreless in the front end of the third, Louisiana added their fourth run on a pair of doubles, one from Chad Keefer to lead off the inning, and the other driving him in off the bat of Travis Whipple.

Nebraska shortened the lead to two runs with a run in the top of the fourth just before a rain delay interrupted the game. When play resumed 61 minutes later at 7:19 p.m., Wilborn returned to the mound. He gave up an RBI single that brought Nebraska within one at 4-3. Wilborn worked himself out of a jam with runners on second and third by catching a Husker looking, ending the inning before Nebraska could finish off the rally.

In the back end of the fourth, Scott Hawkins tallied his second RBI on the day and the season with a single to left field, scoring Thad Griffen from second.

Nebraska struck again to take another run off of Wilborn in the top of the fifth before Wagley returned for his second relief assignment of the day. Despite a brief interruption from the outfield sprinklers and one hit allowed, Wagley ended the half on two straight swinging strikeouts.

Louisiana added its sixth run in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases for Bostick. A hard hit fielder's choice ground ball scored Harst from third, but Nebraska ended the inning before the Cajuns could add more. UL finished the fifth ahead 6-4.

Nebraska erased the two-run deficit plus some with three straight hits off of Wagley to open the sixth. Two singles produced one run, followed by a perfectly placed line drive to left center, hitting the gap and allowing Nebraska designated hitter Jeff Tezak to drive in a run and reach third with the Cajuns' first triple allowed this season.

Matt Broussard made his first appearance in relief of Wagley, but his second pitch went wild and allowed Tezak to score from third, capping off a three-run inning for the Huskers in which they took the lead, 7-6.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Cajuns were held scoreless for the first time in the game. The Cajuns returned the favor in the top of the seventh, holding Nebraska scoreless for the first time since the third inning.

Broussard left the game in the top of the eighth in favor of Gregory Harmon, who inherited two runners. One scored on a wild pitch, the second such scoring play of the game for the Huskers.

The Cajuns got within one in the bottom of the eighth. Down 8-6, the Cajuns strung together three straight singles from Alex Fuselier, Scott Hawkins and Chad Keefer. Moving to the ninth the Cajuns still trailed by one.

Harmon gave up a home run to relief pitcher turned right fielder Adam Bailey on the second pitch of the top of the ninth to return the deficit to two at 9-7.

Down two runs with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Chance Harst brought the game back within one run with a solo blast to dead center. That would be all UL could muster, though. With one runner on, Thad Griffen hit into a game-ending double play to end the night.

Chad Keefer enters the series finale batting .462, with six hits in 13 at bats, including one RBI and a double.

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