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Louisiana Buries Middle Tennessee
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Posted May 12, 2012
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Behind a season-high 19 hits and a complete game, three-hitter from Austin Robichaux the Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team grabbed its first Sun Belt series victory since Easter weekend with a 14-0 win over Middle Tennessee in game two of a Saturday doubleheader at Reese Smith, Jr. Field.
Seven different Cajuns posted a multiple-hit game – as every starter posted at least one hit – and Robichaux retired 13 of the final 14 Blue Raiders he faced as Louisiana (23-27, 11-16) completed the doubleheader sweep.
Earlier in the day, the Cajuns broke a 3-all tie in the fifth inning with a Dylan Butler home run and went on to claim game one 10-4 to set up the rubber match.
The game two win, which ended in the seventh inning by the mercy rule, snapped a string of four consecutive Sun Belt series losses for UL and put the team back in the running for a spot in the upcoming Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Louisiana wraps up Sun Belt Conference play next weekend hosting in-state rival La.-Monroe Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19 at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. Both the Cajuns and the Warhawks will be vying for one of the final spots in the SBC Tournament.
The Cajuns wasted little time setting the tone in the series finale with the Blue Raiders (27-25, 13-14 Sun Belt).
In the first inning, Butler followed up back-to-back, one-out singles by Jace Conrad and Chase Compton with a double deep into the left field corner that scored both runners. Jordan Bourque continued the early uprising off of MT starter Hunter Adkins with a single to left field to plate Butler for a 3-0 advantage.
After a scoreless second inning, the Cajuns chased Adkins off the mound without an out recorded in the third inning.
Conrad led off with a bunt single, Compton singled through the right side and Butler drew a walk to load the bases. Adkins walked Bourque, surrendered a single to Tyler Girouard and walked Daniel Nichols – a sequence which forced home three runs for a 6-0 UL lead and brought on the MT bullpen.
Ryan Ford collected a two-out single in the bottom of the third off of Robichaux and that would be the last significant at bat the hosts would have the rest of the contest. The Cajuns freshman recovered by getting Justin Guidry to fly out to left field for the first of 12 consecutive MT hitters retired.
As Robichaux was shutting down the Blue Raiders, the Cajuns used two more three-run innings to leave no doubt in the outcome.
Ahead 7-0, six consecutive base hits to start the top of the fifth inning resulted in four runs that pushed Louisiana’s lead to 11-0. The final hit of the inning, a Compton RBI single was the 16th hit of the game establishing the season-high for base hits.
UL recorded the fourth three-run inning of the game in the sixth inning off RBI singles from Chris Sinclair and Ryan Leonards and an RBI ground out by Compton.
Combined with the 10 runs and 14 hits in game one of the doubleheader, the Cajuns ended the day with 24 runs off 33 hits. The 14 runs matched the season-high set back on March 7 at McNeese State (won 14-8).
Sinclair, who led the Cajuns with four RBI in game one, added two more to finish the doubleheader with a team-best six RBI. Conrad had his second three-hit game of the day, going 3-for-4 to register his 16th multi-hit game of the season.
Robichaux recorded his longest outing in a weekend start, besting his previous high of 4 2/3 innings. Head coach Tony Robichaux’s youngest son collected his first career Sun Belt victory.
Adkins allowed six runs in just two-plus innings of work and took the loss for MT. Relievers Nick Montgomery and Nathan Foriest took the brunt of the Cajuns attack combining to allow an additional seven runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Louisiana picked up a series win over
for the fifth straight season (2008-12). The Cajuns have now won 10 of the 12 SBC series contested between the two programs since the Blue Raiders joined the Sun Belt in 2001.
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