Mar 23, 2014 12:10 AM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The fifth-ranked Louisiana baseball team used a nine-run second inning to cruise to their 11th straight victory and win the series against Georgia State with a 14-6 victory on Saturday at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. The series win is the seventh in a row for the Ragin' Cajuns, while the win streak is the longest since the 2005 season.
Both teams posted double-digit hits in the game with the Cajuns (21-2, 5-0 Sun Belt) notching 17 led by Seth Harrison who was 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, four RBI and scored three runs. Eight of the nine Louisiana starters had at least one hit in the contest.
Matt Rose led the way offensively for the Panthers (10-13, 1-4 Sun Belt) going 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI.
"Georgia State leads the lead in hitting and a lot of offensive categories, and we are right on their heels in hitting," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "That just goes to show you the job our pitchers are doing in this series. Austin (Robichaux) held them down Friday night, and (Carson) Baranik kept them from getting a big inning today.
"Our players did a good job of not playing to the scoreboard. People think we run the score up from time to time, but we don't do that. We just play, and we don't play to the scoreboard."
Baranik earned his fifth win of the season going seven innings with six strikeouts. The right-hander was touched for four runs on eight hits in the outing and had two walks.
"Carson spread things out today and did a good of keeping them from having a big inning," Robichaux added. "He didn't have everything he normally has today. The thing about a veteran arm is that he goes out and competes with what he does have. He was able to manage the game well."
GSU's Garrett Ford was tabbed with his first loss of the year after surrendering seven runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings with a strikeout.
Ryan Blanton put the Panthers in front 1-0 in the top of the first lifting the second pitch of the day over the fence in right for a solo home run.
The Ragin' Cajuns exploded for nine runs on 10 hits in the bottom of the second. A Caleb Adams leadoff home run and 2-run doubles by Greg Davis and Harrison highlighted the scoring in the inning.
Georgia State picked up a run in the top of the third on a solo home run by Chase Raffield to make the score 9-2.
In the fourth, Harrison sent his first home run of the game over the fence down the left field line to increase the Louisiana advantage to 10-2.
After the Panthers plated a run in the top of the fifth, the Cajuns tacked on two more runs on a two-run pinch-hit homer to right by Chase Compton.
The teams would exchange runs in the sixth before Nick Thurman brought home the Ragin' Cajuns final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI groundout to second. GSU plated two more runs in the ninth to make the final 14-6.
Louisiana will go for the sweep tomorrow at noon at the Tigue as the game was moved up an hour to accommodate travel for Georgia State. Senior left-hander Cody Boutte will make the start for the Ragin' Cajuns.
"This is a good hitting ball club," Robichaux said. "We have won the series, but tomorrow is going to be a tough day. We just need to continue to pitch well."