LAFAYETTE, La. – The 20th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team rallied to score five runs late in the game to defeat Wright State 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
The win improves the Cajuns to 2-4 on the year, while the Raiders fall to 1-4. Louisiana was edged 7-6 in hits by Wright State.
Freshman Brock Batty (2-0) picked up the victory after tossing 1.1 scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts, and senior Logan Stoelkeearned his second save of the year with 1.2 scoreless innings and three strikeouts to close out the game.
Mitch Gremling (0-2) took the loss for the Raiders after giving up two unearned runs in 0.2 innings.
LEADING THE CAJUNS
Junior Hunter Kasuls equaled his career high with three hits in the game including a home run. Both Kasuls and Kennon Fontenot drove in a pair of runs in the victory, while Gavin Bourgeois drew three walks and scored twice.
Starter Nick Lee registered his first quality start of the season going 6.0 innings with seven strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Louisiana struck first in the bottom of the first as Bourgeois came home to score on sacrifice fly to left field by Tyler Stover. The lead would be short lived though as Wright State notched a pair of runs in the top of the second on a Zach Weatherford single and a Chase Sloan groundout to shortstop to take a 2-1 advantage.
The Raiders added a run in the top of the fifth when Alex Alders scored on a wild pitch to extend their lead to 3-1.
The Ragin' Cajuns began the comeback in the bottom of the sixth plating two runs with the bases loaded on a walk to O'Neal Lochridge and an RBI groundout to second base by Kasuls to even the contest at 3-all.
The Cajuns regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning when Fontenot brought home two runs on an infield bunt single down the third base line.
Wright State threatened in the top of the eighth loading the bases with one out, but Stoelke came on and got two big strikeouts to preserve the lead. Kasuls tacked on the final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth on a solo home run to right field to make the final 6-3.
The Cajuns and Raiders meet in the rubber match of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Russo Park. Following the Wright State series finale, Louisiana will host Nicholls in a 6 p.m. contest on Wednesday to close out a four-game homestand at Russo Park.
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