Mar 2, 2014 10:28 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - After shutting out 21st ranked Alabama in the first two games, the tenth ranked Ragin' Cajuns baseball team dropped a 12-6 decision in the series finale against the Crimson Tide to snap a 10-game win streak on Sunday in front of a sellout crowd of 4,031 at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
The Cajuns (10-2) set a new series attendance record with a total of 12,075 fans passing through the gates at the Tigue over the weekend.
"We need to learn from this and just start another streak," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "We set a poor tempo, and the bottom line is that when you set a poor tempo it's hard to get it back. I thought Alabama did a good job of coming out and taking advantage when opened the door for them."
Bama (5-5) posted a season-best 21 hits in the contest to only nine on the afternoon for the Cajuns. First baseman Austen Smith had a game-high four hits for the Tide driving in four runs with a double and scored a run.
Senior Seth Harrison led the way for Louisiana offensively going 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Both starters were knocked from the game early with Greg Milhorn exiting in the third after giving up six runs (three earned) on seven hits in 2.1 innings to fall to 2-1 on the year.
Crimson Tide reliever Jon Keller came into the contest in the third and held the Ragin' Cajuns to just two runs on six hits in the final 6.2 innings to pick up his third win of the season.
"We just didn't play lockdown defense today, and we extended too many innings for them. You have to give them credit. They are an SEC baseball team. It just goes to show you the job our pitchers did on Friday and Saturday."
Alabama jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first on five hits and a Cajuns error. A Kyle Overstreet RBI double down the right field line highlighted the scoring for the Tide in the inning.
The Crimson Tide blew things wide open in the top of the third scoring four runs on five hits to take a 7-0 lead.
Louisiana pulled itself back into the game in the bottom half of the third scoring four runs on three hits. Caleb Adams plated the first run on a double to left. Following Blake Trahan drew a bases loaded walk, Harrison drove a single through the right side of the infield to score two more runs to cut the Alabama advantage to 7-4.
In the bottom of the fifth, Harrison brought home another run on a single to left scoring Trahan from second with two outs to pull the Cajuns within two.
After both teams traded a run in the sixth to make the score 8-6, the Crimson Tide tallied four unanswered runs over the last three frames to close out the contest.
The Ragin' Cajuns continue their seven-game homestand on Wednesday at 6 p.m. as they host in-state foe Southeastern Louisiana at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. The Cajuns then close out the week with a three-game home series against Texas Southern starting on Friday at 6 p.m.
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