May 4, 2013 11:49 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - A seven-run fourth inning erased a deficit and a four-run sixth inning put the game out of reach as the Ragin' Cajuns baseball team rolled to a 14-6 win over Arkansas State here Saturday evening at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field to clinch the weekend series.
Louisiana (33-15, 14-9) won its fifth straight series and 10th in 12 weekends overall and will go for the sweep of the Red Wolves (24-13, 10-13 Sun Belt) at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Dylan Butler led the charge with six RBI on a three-run home run in the fourth inning and bases-clearing triple in the sixth inning. It was Butler's second game of six RBI this season.
Cody Boutte worked six innings and struck out a season-high eight batters en route to his Sun Belt-leading eighth victory.
Louisiana posted its 12th game of double digit runs and 28th game with double digit hits. The Cajuns reached 13 base hits for the fourth straight Sun Belt Conference contest.
Dex Kjerstad collected his 22nd multiple-hit game and Blake Trahan extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games. Butler, Trahan and Seth Harrison each moved over 30 RBI, giving UL seven hitters with 30-plus RBI this season.
The Cajuns broke a string of three consecutive ASU series wins at "The Tigue" and remained perfect in home series in 2013 (7-for-7).
UL scored first a second straight night and for the fifth time in the past six outings getting a run off a bases-loaded, fielder's choice grounder from Caleb Adams in the first inning.
The Red Wolves broke a string of five consecutive batters struck out by Boutte to start the game when Logan Uxa collected an infield single in the second inning. A hit by pitch gave ASU another baserunner, then a ground-rule double by Alex Potts and RBI single from Dustin Jones plated two runs and gave the Red Wolves a 2-1 lead.
Bradley Wallace held the Cajuns to single hits in the second and third inning and took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
UL would load the bases off Wallace in the fourth inning, then broke through off of reliever John Koch starting with a bases-loaded single by Harrison that drew a 3-3 tie.
With the bases loaded again just three batters later, Trahan drove a single up the middle to return the lead to the Cajuns at 5-3. On the very next at bat, Butler drove a three-run home run over the right field wall and the game got away from Koch and the Red Wolves.
Butler delivered the final blow in the sixth inning off reliever Seth McWilliams. After a Harrison leadoff bunt single and walks to Tyler Girouard and Trahan loaded the bases, he rolled a triple down the left field line to empty the bases and stretch the Cajuns lead to 11-4.
Kody Smith relieved Boutte in the seventh inning and held the Red Wolves scoreless until a two-out home run by Stuart Levy in the ninth inning provided the final margin.
Sixteen different Cajuns saw at least one at bat as the team produced double digit runs off ASU's pitching staff a second straight night. Entering the series, the Red Wolves had allowed double figure runs five times in 45 games.
Louisiana, which has now won a season-high four straight Sun Belt games, moved a season-high 18 games above .500. The Cajuns will attempt to pick up their fourth series sweep of the season on Sunday.
BASES NOTED: Dylan Butler's home run in the fourth inning marked the 11th straight game that the Cajuns have homered (dates back to FAU opener on April 19)...Louisiana improved to 12-0 when scoring 10-plus runs...The seven-run fourth inning marked the 14th time this season that UL has plated at least five runs in an inning...Dex Kjerstad reached 70 base hits making him the first Cajun since Mike Petello (72) and Greg Fontenot (70) in 2011 to post 70 hits in a season...Michael Strentz was hit by a pitch for the 18th time, moving him within one of the school record (19 by Matt Goulas in 2010)...Strentz now has 31 free passes this season (13 walks, 18 hit by pitch)The eight-run margin of victory increased the season run differential to +109 (Cajuns have outscored the opposition a combined 349-240)...Louisiana improved to 29-5 when scoring at least five runs...The Cajuns picked up their 23rd home win of the season, marking the most wins at "The Tigue" since 23 were recorded in 2010...Cody Boutte reached at least five strikeouts in an appearance for the seventh time in 12th appearance...Louisiana has now scored first 28 times which has led to 21 of the season's 33 victories (21-7 record)...Louisiana is now two wins shy of posting the 400th victory at the "Tigue" in the Robichaux era (398-153-1)...Seth Harrison and Ryan Leonards each posted bunt singles and have now combined for 15 bunt singles...Harrison leads the team with eight bunt singles, while Leonards has seven...UL increased its all-time series lead over ASU to 70-36...The Cajuns claimed a series over the Red Wolves at "The Tigue" for the first time since 2007...The Cajuns improved to 22-12 at "The Tigue" vs. Arkansas State in the Tony Robichaux era (33-14 overall).
Louisiana 14, ArkansasState 6 (May 04, 2013 at Lafayette, La.)
Arkansas State...... 021 001 002 - 6 9 2 (24-23, 10-13 SUN BELT)
Louisiana........... 100 704 02X - 14 13 1 (33-15, 14-9 SUN BELT)
Pitchers: ArkansasState - Wallace, Bradley; Koch, John (4); McWilliams, Seth (5); Grantham, Adam (7). Louisiana - Boutte, Cody; Smith, Kody (7)
Win-Boutte, Cody (8-2) Save-Smith, Kody (1) Loss-Wallace, Bradley (4-2) T-3:07 A-2266
HR ASU - Levy, Stuart (3)
HR UL - Butler, Dylan (6)
Weather: 71, sunny, SW @ 13-21 MPH