LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team surged to a 9-4 victory over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field to split the season series with the Bulldogs.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (23-19) outhit La Tech (29-14) 11-7 in the game and swiped three bases in the game.
Freshman left-hander Austin Perrin was outstanding on the mound picking up his third victory of the season. Perrin tossed a career-high 8.0 innings while limiting the Bulldogs to one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. After giving up a run on two hits in the first inning, Perrin went on to retire 18 of the next 19 batters he faced in the game.
La Tech starter David Leal was handed only his third loss of the year in the contest surrendering five runs (two earned) on six hits in 5.0 innings of work.
LEADING THE CAJUNS
Junior Daniel Lahare equaled a career-high with four hits in the game as he had two doubles, an RBI and scored three runs. Hayden Cantrelle and Kennon Fontenot each had a pair of hits as Fontenot extended his on base streak to 22 games.
Hunter Kasuls posted a game-high three RBI to move into the team lead with 30 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Louisiana jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as both Lahare and Cantrelle came home to score on throwing errors by Leal. Kasuls drove in the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield.
The Bulldogs answered with a run in the bottom half of the first on an RBI groundout to shortstop by Mason Mallard to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got the run back in the top of the second on a two-out single up the middle by Lahare.
The Cajuns added a run in the top of the fifth when Gavin Bourgeois brought home Lahare on a ground ball to second base to make the score 5-1.
Monroe Moll tacked on another run in the top of the seventh on a two-out, pinch-hit single to right center field to give Louisiana a 6-1 edge.
The Ragin’ Cajuns extended the lead to 9-1 in the top of the eight on an RBI ground out by Bourgeois and a two-run single by Kasuls.
Louisiana Tech brought home the final runs of the game in the bottom of the ninth scoring three runs on two hits and two free passes to make the final 9-4.
Louisiana returns home tomorrow night to face New Orleans at 6 p.m. at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park. Following the matchup with the Privateers, the Cajuns will head to Atlanta, Ga. for a three game series with Georgia State starting Friday at 5 p.m. CT.
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