HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Late-inning runs once again proved costly for the Louisiana baseball team, which gave up a six-spot in the bottom of the eighth inning in its 9-2 loss at Sam Houston State on Sunday afternoon.
In total, the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-6) gave up 21 runs to the Bearkats in the final three innings across the three contests in Huntsville, nine of which came in the eighth frame.
Sophomores Jacob Schultz and Michael Leaumont each went a strong 3.0 innings on the mound, giving up a combined three runs on eight hits. Leaumont was ultimately credited with the loss, his second of the year.
Three different players produced multi-hit games with Hunter Kasuls, Hayden Cantrelle and Daniel Lahare all going 2-for-4 at the plate. Lahare drove in one of Louisiana’s runs in the contest, while O’Neal Lochridge, who went 1-for-3, brought home the other.
Sam Houston State’s (5-1) Brad Demco earned the victory on Sunday in 0.2 of work on the mound.
The Bearkats plated the game’s first score in the bottom of the third frame when a single to right field off the bat of Clayton Harp scored Eric Bohnert. Jordan Wiley matched that run in the top of the fifth when he touched home plate after Lochridge smashed a double to right center.
Louisiana took its only lead of the game in the top of the next inning with the help of Lahare, who smoked a single to left to plate Kasuls and put the Ragin’ Cajuns ahead, 2-1.
That lead did not last long, though, as Sam Houston State scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning by way of a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to put the Bearkats up, 3-2.
The game was broken wide open in the bottom portion of the eighth inning when the home team saw six runs score, highlighted by a three-run blast over the right-field wall by Harp.
Louisiana returns to action on Tuesday, February 26, when the team travels to Hammond to take on Southeastern Louisiana. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. from Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
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