CONWAY, S.C. – Louisiana’s bats were red hot for a second consecutive contest as the Ragin’ Cajuns unleashed 13 hits and nine runs off Coastal Carolina’s pitching staff to take the series over the Chanticleers with a 9-7 win at Springs Brooks Stadium.
Through the first two games of the series, the Ragin’ Cajuns (22-27, 10-13) have outhit the Chanticleers, 24-14, and outscored them, 19-7. Louisiana is now 16-6 when outhitting opponents this season.
Todd Lott was an absolute machine on Saturday afternoon, going 3-for-6 at the plate with two runs scored and a game-high four RBI. Hunter Kasuls also had a stellar outing, producing four hits, his first four-hit game of the season, to go along with three runs scored and an RBI.
Seniors Daniel Lahare and Orynn Veillon each added two hits during the game, while Brennan Breaux’s lone hit brought in two runs.
On the hill, Jacob Schultz earned his second victory of the season, throwing 5.0 innings of three-hit, two-run ball with three strikeouts. He was relieved by Grant Cox, who went the final 1.1 innings of the game allowing just two hits and a run to earn the save.
Lott’s hot play continued in the third inning of Saturday’s contest when the junior launched his sixth home run of the season over the left-field wall to score Kasuls and Hayden Cantrelle and put the Ragin’ Cajuns ahead, 3-0.
Coastal Carolina (26-20-1, 11-11) erased that deficit in the bottom of the same frame when a two-out solo shot sparked four-run inning for the Chanticleers.
The Ragin’ Cajuns were able to bounce back and take a 5-4 lead in the fifth when Breaux roped a single to center field, allowing two to score. However, the advantage was once again wiped away in the bottom of the frame when another Chanticleer home run tied the game at five runs apiece.
Louisiana regained the lead in the sixth after Veillon smacked a double to right field to score Kasuls and move Lott to third. Lott was then brought home in the next at bat via a wild pitch, extending the Ragin’ Cajuns’ lead to 7-5.
After giving up a run on a wild pitch in the eighth, Louisiana tacked on some insurance in the ninth when back-to-back singles from Kasuls and Lott scored two to increase its lead to 9-6.
The Chanticleers threatened in the last of the ninth, scoring once and putting the tying run on second, but Cox punched out the final batter to earn the save and preserve the 9-7 win and series victory.
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