Cajuns Even SBC Series With 3-2 Win

The Ragin' Cajuns (5-6-1, 1-1) scored two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth and held off Arkansas State (3-6, 1-1) for a 3-2 victory over the Red Wolves in game two of a Sun Belt Conference series Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.

Arkansas State dropped to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in Sun Belt play, thanks to converted scoring opportunities for the Cajuns in the fourth and sixth innings, the same two innings in which the Red Wolves touched the plate. Chad Keefer led the way from the plate with two RBIs, while Cook provided a solid outing from the mound and Haagen got the save.

Both teams put up six hits, while the Cajuns struck out eight times against the Red Wolves' three strikeouts. Each team committed one error, with Greg Fontenot picking up his fifth of the season.

Michael Cook went an even seven innings in his third start of the season, giving up two runs, both earned, on six hits, two strikeouts and no walks. He is now 2-1 on the young schedule. Arkansas State starter Jett Jones dropped to 0-2 following his five inning outing, allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits, three strikeouts and one walk.

Greg Harmon entered in relief to start the eighth and registered just one out while walking one batter and plunking another. Blake Haagen took the mound in the same inning with two runners on base and walked the bases loaded before inducing a groundout to get himself and Harmon out of the jam.

Haagen returned for the ninth, recording a strikeout and two fly outs to end the game and earn the save, his second of the season.

Chad Keefer (.326) went 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBIs, including the game winner in the sixth to lead the Cajuns offensively. Les Smith (1-3, .267) provided the other RBI, while Scott Hawkins (1-4, .300), Brian Bowman (1-3, .214) and Tyler Benzel (1-3, .385) each recorded a hit.

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