Mar 7, 2014 10:33 AM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The seventh ranked Ragin' Cajuns baseball team is set to close out a six-game homestand with Texas Southern in a three-game series at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field starting on Friday at 6 p.m.
The two teams are slated to play game two on Saturday at 2 p.m., while first pitch for the series finale is at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Cajuns (10-2) had a mid week contest against Southeastern Louisiana postponed due to weather. Louisiana is coming off of a 3-1 week against teams from the Southeastern Conference including a 4-1 win at top-ranked LSU in a rain shortened contest and a series win over No.21 Alabama at the Tigue.
Junior Austin Robichaux will make the start on Friday just four days after being named the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week. Robichaux is 2-1 with 1.29 ERA and a team-best 19 strikeouts.
Carson Baranik will take the mound on Saturday for the Ragin' Cajuns. The junior has three quality starts in as many outings posting a 2-0 record with a 0.76 ERA and 17 strikeouts, while Greg Milhorn will make his fourth start of the season on Sunday boasting a 2.46 ERA and a 2-1 record.
Offensively, Tyler Girouard and Ryan Wilson are tied for the team lead in averaging hitting .333, while Seth Harrison has a team-best nine RBI on the season.
The Ragin' Cajuns are ranked in the NCAA top 50 in 10 offensive categories including 47th in runs plating 70 through 12 games for an average of 5.8 per game.
Louisiana ranks fourth in the nation with four shutouts after picking up two over the weekend against Bama. The Cajuns boast a 2.61 team ERA, which ranks third in the Sun Belt.
The Cajuns have never lost to Texas Southern in 12 meetings with a pair of 13-0 wins recently under head coach Tony Robichaux. The last meeting came in 2009.
The Tigers (5-9) dropped a 6-0 decision at No. 25 Texas A&M on Wednesday night after taking two of three games in league play at Grambling State.
Texas Southern has three players hitting over .300 thus far with Maquis Webb leading the way with a .412 average. Jerry Ford paces the squad with 20 hits in 14 games including two doubles and four RBI.
Michael Starkey is slated to make the start on Friday for the Tigers carrying a 1-1 record with a 0.93 ERA into the contest. Starters for Texas Southern for Saturday and Sunday have yet to be announced.
Live stats and video for the series are available on RaginCajuns.com. Season tickets are still available for baseball and can be purchased on RaginCajuns.com or at the Cajundome box office. For more information call (337) 265-2357.
After the Texas Southern series, the Cajuns will play four straight on the road with a mid-week game at Tulane on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before opening conference play at ULM starting on Friday at 6 p.m.
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