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Baseball: First Inning Woes Cost Ragin’ Cajuns In Series Finale Against South Alabama

LAFAYETTE, La. – South Alabama exploded for an eight-run first inning as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team dropped the series finale to the Jaguars 11-5 on Sunday afternoon at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Freshman left-hander Austin Perrin suffered the loss for the Ragin' Cajuns (6-9) after giving up eight runs (three earned) on five hits with a walk in 0.1 innings. South Alabama starter Chase Shell earned the victory going 5.1 innings with four runs on six hits, a walk and five strikeouts.
The Cajuns outhit South Alabama (9-7) 10-9, but left nine runners stranded in the contest.
Juniors Gavin Bourgeois and Hunter Kasuls each had three hits in the game to lead the Ragin' Cajuns. Bourgeois extended his on-base streak to 10 games, while Kasuls equaled career-highs for both hits and RBI (2) and registered his second home run of the season.
Freshman right-hander Brett Williams notched 5.2 scoreless innings in relief holding the potent Jaguars offense without a hit. Williams walked three and struck out four in the outing.
South Alabama exploded for eight runs on five hits, two errors and a walk to take an 8-0 lead in the first inning. A three-run double to left center by Carter Perkins and a three-run homer to left field by Hunter Brittain highlighted the scoring in the inning.
The Ragin' Cajuns got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run to right field by Kasuls.
Louisiana cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the sixth plating three runs on a Kasuls RBI single, a Kennon Fontenot double and a Jonathan Windham sac fly to right field to make the score 8-4.
The Jaguars all but put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth on a two-run homer to right field by Will Luft to extend the advantage to 10-4.
The Cajuns and Jags traded runs in the bottom of the eighth and top of the ninth to make the final 11-5.
Louisiana opens a five-game road trip on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with a mid-week contest at Tulane. Following the matchup with the Green Wave, the Cajuns head to Georgia Southern to open Sun Belt Conference play March 16-18.
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