The Cajuns used timely hitting, error-free defense, and dominant pitching to get it done, thrilling the 2,346-strong crowd with their fifth comeback win of the season.
Kyle Bostick keyed a four-run seventh inning with a bases-loaded, three-RBI double off the right field wall, putting the Cajuns back on top after going down 2-0 in the fourth on a two-run Blue Raider home run from right fielder Stuart Meinhart.
Other than the home run, the Cajuns pitching staff was excellent. Alex Fuselier started the game, and though he earned no decision, went 5 2/3 strong innings, allowing eight hits, two runs, both earned, with two walks and three strikeouts. Zach Osborne entered in the sixth with runners on the corners and completely shut down the Middle Tennessee bats, which has been no easy feat this season.
Osborne threw 3 1/3 innings of perfect relief, allowing no hits, no runs, with no walks and five strikeouts, all swinging, including three to retire the top of the ninth in order. He faced 10 batters and set them all down.
Entering the weekend, the Blue Raiders were ranked in the top 20 in multiple offensive categories in NCAA Division I. They include batting average (20th, .337), scoring (11th, 9.7 runs/game), runs (14th, 233), hits (t-20th, 297), home runs per game (12th, 1.75), home runs (t-12th, 42), and slugging percentage (10th, .571).
The Cajuns shut down catcher Drew Robertson, who was ranked 19th nationally with a .460 batting average entering the game, and went 0-for-4 with no walks versus the combination of Fuselier and Osborne.
The Cajuns bats were also impressive, led by Bostick with his two-out, three-RBI double as part of a 1-for-4 night. He had been hitless in four tries with the bases loaded before his game-winning hit tonight. Kyle Olasin added an RBI single in the next at bat as part of his 2-for-4 outing, extending his hitting streak into double-digits at 10 straight. Olasin is now .359 on the season.
The Blue Raiders and Ragin’ Cajuns continue their weekend series Saturday, March 14, in a 2 p.m. game.