May 5, 2014 12:17 AM by UL Sports Information
JONESBORO, Ark. - A three-run seventh inning for Arkansas State was the difference as the second-ranked Louisiana baseball team fell to the Red Wolves 6-4 in the series finale on Sunday at Tomlinson Stadium.
The loss drops the Ragin' Cajuns to 43-7 overall and 20-4 in conference play. The squad is now 19-2 on the road this season. ASU improves to 27-21 on the year and 15-9 in the Sun Belt.
"We let this game get away from us," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "We needed someone to stand up and get an out today, and we failed to do so. We'll have to come out and play for a championship next week when we head to South Alabama."
Senior Matt Hicks was saddled with his first loss of the year after giving up one run in the seventh inning.
Tyler Zuber picked up the victory for Arkansas State to move to 2-0 throwing three scoreless innings in relief.
Both teams had six hits in the contest led by Blake Trahan who was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and walked. Stuart Levy and Zach Maggio each had two hits for ASU as Levy had a game-high three RBI.
Michael Strentz scored the first run of the game in the top of the third on a wild pitch. Strentz reached on a fielder's choice and then moved to third after Jace Conrad was hit by a pitch and Seth Harrison walked.
The Cajuns jumped out to a 3-0 edge in the top of the fourth. Chase Compton scored the first run of the inning on a throwing error by starting pitcher Tanner Gaines. Trahan plated the second run on a squeeze bunt that scored Ryan Wilson from third.
The Red Wolves answered with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth on an RBI single by Levy and a bases-loaded walk by Lucas Feddersen.
Trahan drove in his second run of the game in the top of the sixth singling in Compton from third to make the score 4-2. Compton led off the inning with a double to right and then moved to third on a sac bunt by Wilson.
Arkansas State took its first lead of the weekend in the bottom of the seventh scoring three runs on a hit, three walks and a hit batter. The Red Wolves cut the advantage to 4-3 on a bases-load walk by Matt Burgess. In the next at bat, Levy doubled down the left field line to plate two runs and give ASU the lead.
Maggio scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth.
Louisiana threatened in the top of the ninth. With a runner on first, Tyler Girouard put a charge into a ball to right that just missed leaving the park to equalize the contest. The Cajuns would end up with runners on second and third and two outs after a Caleb Adams walk and a wild pitch, but Zuber got Compton to hit a ground ball back to him to end the threat and the contest.
The Ragin' Cajuns return to action next weekend as they head to South Alabama for a three-game series starting on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Stanky Field in Mobile, Ala. A win against the Jaguars would guarantee the Cajuns at least a share of the Sun Belt regular season title.