March 9, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Louisiana-Lafayette scored in four different innings, including a six-run fifth, to defeat Southern Miss 13-4 here Saturday afternoon in non-conference baseball action at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles, which defeated the Ragin' Cajuns 9-2 on Friday, fell to 7-7 on the campaign. UL Lafayette improved to 12-3 by evening the series. The final game of the set takes place at 1 p.m., Sunday, and can be heard on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network.
In the contest, the Cajuns belted 13 hits and took advantage of five Golden Eagle errors as Caleb Adams and Nick Thurman led the way for the visitors with two hits and three RBI apiece. Adams connected for his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, to start the fourth.
UL led 4-0 by scoring a pair of runs in both the second and fourth innings, before the Golden Eagles rallied for three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Robbins drove in the first USM run with a triple, and was followed on a run-scoring double from Fowler and then a single by Day to knock in a run.
The Cajuns, though, then pulled away in the tilt by scoring six runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Matt Plitt, who came in for UL in relief of starter Cody Boutte in the fourth, allowed a run on two walks over an inning of work to get the victory, while Cord Cockrell earned his first save of the campaign by not allowing a run and scattering three base hits with a strikeout.
USM starter Jake Drehoff (0-2) allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings of work to suffer the loss.
The Golden Eagles turned a season-high five double plays in the affair, marking the first time that they have done that since Houston on May 28, 2010.
Individually,Tim Lynch saw his hitting streak end at 11 games, after going 0-for-3 in the contest.
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