Head coach Tony Robichaux entered the season with 775 career victories, 25 wins away from 800. His 800-535-1 career record represents a .599 winning percentage, and includes 537 wins at UL and 263 wins at McNeese State.
The Cajuns clinched fifth place in the Sun Belt regular season standings with a 25-28-1 overall record and 14-15 mark in league action.
Louisiana posted season highs in runs, hits (22) and home runs (five), and set a new school record in double plays with six in the win.
In the first inning, it was a 9-3 double play as Les Smith tracked down a fly ball and doubled up a Privateer runner at first. In the second it was a more routine 5-4-3, Benzel-Bostick-Hawkins turn. In the third, Fontenot started a 6-4-3 double play and did it once again in the fourth. He earned an assist and a putout on the fifth in the fifth inning, fielding a grounder, stepping on second and gunning to first on a 6-3 turn. In the ninth inning, Greg Harmon snagged a line drive for one and threw to first to double up the runner for two.
Louisiana starting pitcher Mike Cook gave the Cajuns their third solid start of the weekend, maintaining a three-hit shutout through the seventh inning, thanks in large part to the tremendous defensive effort put up behind him, as five of the double plays were executed with him on the mound. Cook finished 6 1/3 innings, responsible for two runs, both earned, on five hits, four walks and two strikeouts. He improved to 5-3 on the season with the win.
Greg Harmon inherited a 3-1 count and runners on second and third from Cook in the seventh, and threw one ball to charge a walk to Cook and then one of his own to force a run home before settling down to get two fly outs. Harmon eventually finished 2 2/3 innings without allowing a run, on four hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
All but one Cajun tallied at least one hit, and all but two of those had multiple hits. Greg Fontenot and Matt Goulas led the team with four RBIs each. Fontenot went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Matt Goulas was 2-for-5 with one run scored. Chad Keefer went 3-for-6 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Scott Hawkins was 3-for-6 with three runs scored. Thad Griffen, Les Smith and Kyle Olasin each had two RBIs, Griffen on 1-for-1 hitting with a pinch hit home run, Smith with two solo home runs in a 2-for-6 day, and Olasin on a 2-for-5 day. Alex Fuselier rounded it out with a 2-for-4 outing.
Louisiana saw five home runs in the game. Matt Goulas cranked a second inning, two-run bomb and Greg Fontenot hit a three-run homer in the third as part of a five-run outburst. Les Smith had home runs to opposite sides of the field with one in the eighth to right field and one in the ninth that hit the left field foul pole. Thad Griffen had the fifth with a ninth-inning blast to left field.
Thanks to South Alabama's loss to Troy, UL finishes the regular season ranked fifth in the Sun Belt. As the fifth seed, Louisiana will play fourth seed FIU in the tournament's opening game at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20.
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