LAFAYETTE (Press Release) – Louisiana put its power on display on Sunday afternoon, sending three balls sailing over the outfield fence during its series-clinching 4-1 victory over South Alabama at Russo Park.
It was the fourth time this season that the Ragin’ Cajuns (19-20, 8-7) have hit three or more homers in a game and the first time since it hit four against Arkansas State on April 6. Louisiana is now 6-2 in games when hitting two or more long balls.
Junior Todd Lott was responsible for one of those jacks and added an RBI single as part of a 2-for-4 outing, while Kole McKinnon and Orynn Veillon added a solo shot each during the home run parade. Sophomore Hayden Cantrelle also had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got exactly what they needed on the mound, with Jack Burk (1-0) claiming his first victory of the season after matching his career high with seven strikeouts and allowing just one run on five hits in 6.0 innings of work.
Burk was relieved by Jacob Schultz, who went 3.0 innings without allowing a run and gave up just three hits with three strikeouts to earn his second save of the season.
Similar to the first two games of the series, South Alabama (15-20, 5-10) struck first in the second inning when it scored the ballgame’s opening run on a sacrifice fly. That run was matched in the bottom of the third when Lott hit his fourth homer of the season to knot the game up at one run apiece.
Back-to-back dingers in the fourth off the bats Veillon and McKinnon jumped Louisiana into the lead at 3-1, with both smacking their respective shots over the left-field wall.
Lott came back up in the seventh and tacked on an insurance run, singling up the middle to score Cantrelle to produce what was ultimately the final score of 4-1.
Louisiana faces a tall order on Tuesday night in its next contest when its travels to Metairie, Louisiana, for neutral-site matchup with No. 9 Louisiana State. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. Fans interested in attending the game can get more information here.
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