Cajuns top FIU

TROY, Ala. – Zach Osborne was stunning again, as he pitched the UL-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns to an 11-3 win over FIU in the first game of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

The Cajuns (26-28-1) stay in the winner’s bracket thanks to explosive hitting behind Osborne’s second complete game of the season.

Louisiana tallied 10-plus hits for the fourth straight game and fifth in the last six. The Cajuns have registered double-digit hit totals in 27 games in 2009, and have produced 64 hits in the last four games.

Osborne was excellent again as the Cajuns’ starting pitcher improved to 5-3 on the year. He allowed just three runs, only two of them earned, on seven hits while tossing seven strikeouts and walking three.

Scott Hawkins led the Cajuns’ offense with a three-run home run in the first inning. Hawkins was 3-for-5 on the day with three RBI, and Les Smith contributed two runs on 2-for-4 hitting. Chad Keefer (1-for-4), Tyler Benzel (1-for-4) and Kyle Olasin (1-for-3) each drove one across, Keefer on a solo home run in the eighth. Benzel and Kyle Bostick each cranked their first triples of the year. No one in the lineup went without a hit, and each player scored at least once as well.

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