Cajuns eliminated from conference tourney
www.ragincajuns.com – Chad Edwards tossed a complete game shutout as Middle Tennessee claimed a 3-0 victory over Louisiana in an elimination game at the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (37-20) were eliminated from the SBC Tournament with a 0-2 record. UL now waits to learn if it will earn a berth in the NCAA Regionals.
The loss marks the first time that the Cajuns lost back-to-back games since the first half of the season (pre-April 6). During their second half run of 23 wins in 27 games the Cajuns were without consecutive losses.
The Blue Raiders (35-22) avenged a three-game sweep at the hands of UL in the regular season and improved to 10-2 all-time against the Cajuns in the SBC Tournament.
The Cajuns were put into the elimination game after dropping an 8-6 decision to Arkansas State on Wednesday in their tournament opener.
Zach Osborne turned in his 13th quality start of the season lasting 6 1/3 innings and allowing only two earned runs. Edwards matched him by not allowing a multiple-hit inning and tossing only 95 pitches.
Both pitchers zipped through the first two innings, posting zeros and stranding multiple runners.
A solo home run by Blake McDade in the third inning plated the first run – and what proved to be the game winner – for the Blue Raiders.
In the fourth and the fifth innings Osborne and Roberts went after it again, holding the hitters to a combined one hit.
UL got a one-out single from Chad Keefer in the sixth inning, but a double play ball off the bat of Tyler Frederick prevented a possible threat.
A throwing error which allowed Bryce Brentz to reach base in the bottom of the sixth inning would cost the Cajuns an unearned run and MT was up 2-0.
A balk issued to Ryland Parker in the bottom of the seventh inning pushed across the final run of the game.
Louisiana would not get a runner past second base in its final two at bats.
Taylor Hubbell pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the Cajuns getting bases-loaded fly out from Justin Guidry to wrap up the seventh and retiring the side in the eighth. Hubbell extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 10 1/3 dating back to the May 16 Western Kentucky relief appearance.
BASES NOTED: The Ragin’ Cajuns are now 31-32 in 17 appearances in the Sun Belt Tournament…This was the first two-and-out showing since 2002…Alex Fuselier’s stolen base in the seventh inning was his 20th in 21 attempts…The Cajuns turned a double play in the sixth inning when Tyler Burnett lined into a double play which was the 58th turned by UL this season…Zach Osborne struck out six to increase his career total to 175…The Cajuns were shutout for the second time this season with Osborne on the mound…Southern Miss posted a 4-0 shutout when Osborne faced USM’s Todd McInnis.