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Cajuns offensive struggles continue, drop finale to VT

Virginia Tech 3, Louisiana 0
Posted at 6:30 PM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 20:27:37-05

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana baseball's offensive struggles bleed into Sunday's series finale with Virginia Tech. The Hokies shutout the Cajuns 3-0 depriving Louisiana of its first series win.

Freshman Julian Brock was the lone offensive highlight for the Cajuns. He went 3-3 Sunday and was on base when Gavin Bourgeois flied out in the ninth, ending the game.

After stranding 15 on base Saturday, Louisiana left six more Sunday including two in the seventh.

The Cajuns bats have not produced more than two runs in six of the team's eight games. Asked if the teams was discouraged, head coach Matt Deggs said "certainly."

"I think the discouraging part is we know we're better than what we've played," Deggs said after the loss. "Discouraged may be the wrong word, I'd say frustrated, which is easy to be in baseball. It's an extremely difficult game to play and it's results oriented, and it's difficult to stay off those results and play well in all three phases of the game."

Junior Carter Robinson got the start for Louisiana in the game. He allowed three runs in five innings. He struck out two batters. Robinson earned his first loss of the year.

Senior Brandon Young pitched four innings of relief. He didn't surrender a run, he struck out six and assisted on two other outs. Young, who started Tuesday's win at Southeastern, was responsible for eight of the twelve outs while he was pitching. Asked about Young's play out of the bullpen and Matt Deggs hinted at changes coming to the weekend rotation. The senior has allowed just two runs in 9.2 innings pitched, he leads the team with 16 strikeouts.

Louisiana baseball plays Wednesday against Sam Houston State.