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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.
LEADING THE CAJUNS
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.
HOW IT HAPPENED
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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