Blake Haagen and Justin Robichaux turned in excellent relief outings as the Cajuns bats continued their success, taking down league-leading Middle Tennessee for the second time in as many days, in a 10-5 win.
The series is now officially Louisiana's(14-12-1, SBC 7-6), as they win their second Sun Belt series of the year. This will be the first series loss, conference or otherwise, for Middle Tennessee.
Haagen and Robichaux combined to pitch 6 2/3 innings of two-hit, shutout baseball. Haagen entered for starter Greg Wilborn, who after two recent stellar outings ran into trouble against the tough Blue Raider bats. He allowed five runs in the third inning, all earned, on six hits and three walks, though he struck out three to open the game and added two strikeouts later.
Wilborn pitched a gem until the third. He gave up two hits in the first and retired everyone in the second before giving up a five-spot in the third. Haagen came on to pitch 4 1/3 innings, followed by Robichaux's two-inning save.
Greg Fontenot led the team offensively with two RBIs in his 3-for-4 day, and Scott Hawkins chipped in two RBIs in a 2-for-5 outing, though he still sits one homer away from tying Ron Robicheaux's all-time career record. Les Smith was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Travis Whipple went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, and Will Long went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Kyle Bostick turned in his best offensive performance to date, on 2-for-4 hitting with two RBIs and one run scored, the day after cracking Friday's game open with a three-run double.
The series between Middle Tennessee and Louisiana concludes Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
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