Ragin Cajuns edged by Tigers
No. 4 LSU took advantage of a Louisiana error in the bottom of the sixth to score the go-ahead and added an insurance run in the seventh – which later came into play – in a 4-3 victory Wednesday evening at Alex Box Stadium
Micah Gibbs began the Tigers sixth inning by reaching on a misplay by Alex Fuselier in left field. A walk, then a single through the right side loaded the bases for LSU (17-3).
A fielder’s choice grounder by Tyler Hanover up the middle which was out of the Cajuns’ reach for a double play, allowed Gibbs to score and break a 2-all tie.
A two-out double by Gibbs in the bottom of the seventh gave the Tigers a two-run advantage.
Louisiana (11-10) was held in check by LSU relievers Daniel Bradshaw, Chris Cotton, Mitch Mormann, Paul Bertuccini and Matty Ott who combined to hold the Cajuns to one run and five hits over the final six innings.
UL pushed across a run on Ott in the top of the ninth and had the tying run on third base when Ott struck out Matt Goulas for the final out.
The Ragin’ Cajuns return to Sun Belt play this weekend hosting Florida Atlantic at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m., with Louisiana celebrating game No. 1,000 at “The Tigue”.
Jordan Poirrier provided the offense for UL, belting his sixth home run of the season in the third inning. His two-run shot erased a 2-0 LSU lead.
Gibbs posted a team-high two RBI for the Tigers.
Michael Cook started for UL and held the Tigers to two runs on four hits in three innings. Dayton Marze was on the mound when Gibbs scored the go-ahead run in the sixth and was charged with the loss.
LSU plated the first runs in the bottom of the first. Trey Watkins reached on an infield single and Leon Landry a walk. The pair then executed a double steal and Blake Dean brought home Watkins with a sacrifice fly to center field.
A Cook wild pitch moved Landry to third and he scampered home on a grounder by Gibbs that rolled under the reach of Poirrier at second base to give LSU a quick 2-0 lead.
After two empty scoring threats in the first two innings, the Cajuns cashed in during the third inning. Brian Bowman drew a leadoff walk and two batters later Poirrier cranked a two-run homer over the left field fence to forge a 2-all tie.