Cajuns Can’t Complete The Sweep As Alabama’s Offense Comes Alive
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun baseball team saw their 10 game winning streak come to an end Sunday afternoon, falling to Alabama 12-6.
The Crimson Tide had trouble finding any offense in games 1 and 2 of the weekend series, failing to register a run. However, they're offense exploded for 21 hits in game 3, producing 12 runs, 8 of them earned.
Alabama got 3 unearned runs in the first inning. Facing the second batter of the game, starting UL pitcher Greg Milhorn forced a pop-up to shallow center field. Seth Harrison was under it, but the ball slipped through his glove. The E8 led to a heavy first inning of pitching for Milhorn, as the Tide brought in 3 early runs, and never let go of the lead.
"We made a mistake early and it cost MIlhorn an 8 pitch first inning," said UL head coach Tony Robichaux. "Having said that, you have to put it behind you and settle in. We weren't able to fully do that today."
Bama tagged on 4 more runs in the top of the 3rd, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. Louisiana made it interesting in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring 4 runs of their own, forcing the Tide to making a pitching change from Ray Castillo to Jon Keller.
Keller pitched the rest of the way, going 6.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs, walking 1 and striking out 2. He earned the win, his 3rd of the season. Milhorn was tabbed with the loss (2-1).
While Harrison made an error in the field, he was fantastic from the plate, driving in 3 runs on the day on 2 hits. Tyler Girouard added 2 hits as well, helping Louisiana finish with 9 all together.
Acadiana High grad Chance Vincent, the starting 3B for the Tide, finished with 2 hits an an RBI in 5 at bats.
"I told our guys, 'It's time to go start another streak now'" said Robichaux. "That begins on Wednesday."
Louisiana (10-2) returns to the diamond Wednesday as they host Southeastern (7-4). First pitch is set for 6:00, with pregame beginning at 5:30.
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