Cajuns Sweep Baseball in Twinbill Saturday at The Pete
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Louisiana-Lafayette used extra innings in the first game and then took an early lead in game two en route to sweeping a day-night doubleheader from Southern Miss here Saturday, 8-5, in 12 innings in the opener and, 9-5, in the nightcap at Pete Taylor Park.
The Golden Eagles (2-5) were swept in a three-game series for the first time since dropping a set at Tulane in 2012. The final game of the series was moved up to Saturday night due to bad weather expected in the Pine Belt area on Sunday.
UL Lafayette scored three times in the first inning to cruise to the second-game victory and got four hits, including three doubles and a triple, from Caleb Adams to lead the 12-hit Cajun attack.
Adams led off the second contest with a double, before Blake Trahan reached on an error allowing Adams to score the game's first run. After a walk which put runners at corners, the Cajuns then added a run on a wild pitch and a RBI groundout by Ryan Leonards to give the visitors a lead they would never relinquish.
After adding three more runs in the fifth on a Michael Strentz two-run homer and a Nate Thurman RBI double and then a Chase Compton run-scoring single in the sixth to make it 7-0, the Golden Eagles cut into the gap with a pair of runs on a two-run single from Michael Gilbert.
After the Cajuns (7-1) added two more runs in the seventh, Southern Miss' Matt Durst - who finished with two of the Eagles eight hits - doubled with the bases loaded to clear the bags and cut the final gap in the contest.
Cody Boutte (1-0) threw five innings for the Cajuns to get the victory as he allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. USM starter Taylor Nunez (0-1) surrendered six runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts to suffer the loss.
In game one, Compton drove in four runs including a two-run single in the top of the 12th as the Cajuns rallied from a four-run, first-inning deficit.
The Golden Eagles scored four times in the opening inning to take the early lead as they plated a run on a wild pitch before Tim Lynch tallied an RBI single and Dylan Burdeaux drove in a run with a single of his own with an error on the play allowing the final run of the frame to score.
Southern Miss held off the Cajuns until the eighth when they tied the game with four runs with Compton delivering the big blow with a two-run single.
UL Lafayette took their first lead of the contest with a sacrifice fly from Strentz in the 11th, but the Golden Eagles tied the score in the bottom half of the stanza on a double by Dylan Burdeaux, who tallied two hits and two RBI in the contest.
Cajun reliever Reagan Bazar gave up a run on two hits with four walks, but fanned two to get the victory and improve to 1-0. Ryan Milton, the fifth of six Golden Eagle pitchers, suffered the loss to fall to 0-1.
The Golden Eagles continue their eight-game homestand, when they entertain Alcorn State Tuesday night. Game time is set for 6 p.m.