ATLANTA – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team came up on the wrong side of a 6-5 decision on Friday night falling to Georgia State in 12 innings in the series opener at the GSU Baseball Complex.
Reliever Nick Lee was tagged with the loss for the Ragin’ Cajuns (24-20, 10-9 SBC) giving up two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Tyler Koch claimed the win for the Panthers (21-20, 7-11 SBC) tossing 1.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
LEADING THE CAJUNS
Senior Kennon Fontenot increased his on-base streak to 24 games going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Junior Daniel Lahare also had three hits in the game with a double and scored two runs.
Freshman Hayden Cantrelle reached base four times in the contest drawing four walks.
On the mound, senior Colten Schmidt went seven innings in a no decision allowing four runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Louisiana got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out, two-run single up the middle by Fontenot.
Gavin Bourgeois increased the advantage to 4-0 in the top of the second on a two-out, two-run double down the left field line.
Fontenot drove in his third run of the game in the top of the third inning as he hammered a 0-1 pitch from GSU starter Hunter Gaddis well over the fence in left field to make the score 5-0.
Georgia State got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single up the middle by Kendall Ford. Later in the inning, Nick Gatewood cut the Louisiana lead to 5-4 with a three-run homer to right center.
The Panthers evened the game at 5-all in the bottom of the eighth on a leadoff solo home run to left field by Justin Jones.
After three scoreless innings, Georgia State put runners on the corners with one out. The Panthers got the walk-off winner from Jones who brought home Luke Leonard on a suicide squeeze to make the final 6-5.
Louisiana and Georgia State return to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT as the Ragin’ Cajuns look to even the series. Junior left-hander Hogan Harris will make the start for the Cajuns, while the Panthers will counter with junior right-hander Jake Rogers. Fans can listen to the game on News Talk 96.5-FM with Jay Walker and Jeff Schneider on the call.
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