Cajuns Win 7-5 In Series Final

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns baseball handed Southern Miss their first loss of the 2009 season 7-5, despite a late rally by the Golden Eagles Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park.

Greg Fontenot extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the third inning. His leadoff hit kicked off a two-run attack to give the Cajuns their first lead of the series, which found Southern Miss trailing their opponent for the first time all season.

Fontenot maintained his status as the team's current offensive leader with a 3-for-5, one RBI, one stolen base performance. He is now hitting .481 on the season.

As a team, the Cajuns put up 11 hits, the fifth double-digit hit total in the last six games. Tyler Benzel contributed two hits with his 2-for-3 day, driving in one run and scoring one himself, while Chad Keefer went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Thad Griffen went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Scott Hawkins (1-4), Les Smith (0-4) and Kyle Bostick (1-4) also contributed one RBI each.

Greg Wilborn got the start and the win for the Cajuns while throwing 6 2/3 solids innings, twice pitching himself out of two-runners-on situations unscathed. He allowed just one run, earned, on four hits and six strikeouts, although he did allow six walks and hit two batters.

Justin Robichaux was the first reliever and gave up two runs, both earned, on three hits, two walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Greg Harmon pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing two to score on four hits.

Blake Haagen entered the game with the tying run on second base and just one out in the bottom of the ninth, but allowed none to score to pick up the save.

Southern Miss (7-1) scored four runs in the final two innings and left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run at first base in a late rally attempt for their eighth win of the season.

Starting pitcher Scott Copeland took the loss on the hill for Southern Miss, working five innings, allowing seven hits and six run only four of which were earned while striking out five and not walking anyone.

Moses Munoz and Matt Warren both made their first career appearances in today's game as well. Munoz worked two innings allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out three. Warren worked a perfect ninth inning striking out one.

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