Mar 8, 2014 11:50 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - Junior Carson Baranik faced one more than the minimum Saturday afternoon hurling a complete-game shutout against Texas Southern as the seventh-ranked Ragin' Cajuns baseball team cruised to a 13-0 victory at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
The win moved the Cajuns to 12-2 on the season and gave the squad its fifth consecutive series win dating back to 2013.
Baranik increased his record to 3-0 on the year holding the Tigers (5-11) to just two hits while striking out five in his fourth straight quality start.
On the year, Baranik has now thrown 31.2 scoreless innings, and has only been scored on in one inning. The shutout is the fifth of the season for the Cajuns with three of the shutouts coming in a Baranik start.
"Carson is a strike thrower to begin with, and he has great command of his pitches," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "He mixed his pitched really well today, and Mike did a great job with him behind the plate. He just got everything over today and hung some zeros for us."
A native of Bossier City, La., Baranik retired the first 10 batters he faced in the contest, and didn't allow more than one baserunner in any inning. Baranik threw only 84 pitches in the outing with 62 for strikes.
"We were stuck on two runs for a long time and Carson kept us right there so we could get into their bullpen," Robichaux added. "Our lefties did a great job at the plate today against a bunch of slider pitchers. I thought we did a good job to stay patient against a soft throwing pitcher to break the game wide open late."
Louisiana posted 11 hits in the game led by Dylan Butler who was 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and scored a run. Jace Conrad had a career-high five RBI going 2-for-4 with a grand slam.
"I thought we did a good job as hitters to keep the ball out of the air," Robichaux said. "We got on top of the baseball and we used their energy to have some big innings."
Texas Southern starter Ryan Rios fell to 2-2 after the loss giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks in four innings.
Tyler Girouard tripled to right center to plate two runs in the bottom of the first to give the Cajuns a 2-0 advantage.
After three scoreless innings, Louisiana added to its lead scoring two runs on two hits and a Texas Southern error to make the score 4-0 after the fifth. Jace Conrad brought home the first run singling in Girouard from third. In the next at-bat, Ryan Leonards plated Caleb Adams on a ball hit to third base.
An inning later, Conrad sent a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right with the bases loaded and two outs for his first career grand slam to increase the Ragin' Cajuns advantage to 8-0.
Evan Powell added a run in the seventh bringing home Chase Compton on a sacrifice fly to left.
The Cajuns put together a four-run inning in the eighth highlighted by a two-run triple to right center to by catcher Mike Strentz make the final 13-0. Butler and Trahan also had RBI singles in the inning.
Louisiana will go for the sweep tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Tigue. Junior Greg Milhorn will make the start for the Cajuns and will face TSU's Devin Konarik.
After the series finale with the Tigers, the Ragin' Cajuns go on the road for four straight games starting with a 6:30 contest at Tulane on Tuesday in New Orleans.
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