Osborne's Arm Not Enough

Zach Osborne kept the Cajuns in the game for seven innings until the defense and potent ECU bats caught up to him. The 7-1 loss to ECU dropped the Cajuns to 21-23-1 on the season.

The Cajuns struggled offensively from the start, as the first 10 batters were put out or struck out. East Carolina starter Chris Heston's spell finally broke in the top of the fourth when Travis Whipple knocked a single into left field. Louisiana only put up two more hits, one of them a ninth-inning home run, also from Whipple. The three-hit effort ties for the season's second lowest.

Osborne (3-3) took the loss on seven inning, allowing six hits to score four runs, two earned, on two walks and five strikeouts. Through six innings, he held the Pirates to four hits and one run. Blake Haagen relieved with one inning, allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits and two strikeouts.

Whipple finished the game at 2-for-4 with the only RBI. The home run was Whipple's eighth of the year, and he now leads the team in that category. Thad Griffen notched the team's only other hit, finishing 1-for-3 on the game.

The Cajuns' defense made four errors, costing the team three runs. Two came in the three-run seventh inning and one in the three-run eighth.

East Carolina starter Chris Heston kept the Cajuns guessing, throwing eight innings of two-hit baseball. He struck out 11 Cajuns on his way to the win, improving to 7-0 on the season.

Game 2 of the series gets started at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday in Greenville,N.C.

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