Sun Belt Scores From Friday’s Action
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns extended their lead to two games in the Sun Belt Conference with their win over Troy. The second and third place teams both lost. Here are the stories.
LOUISIANA 15, TROY 4–At Riddle-Pace Field, Louisiana (28-3, 9-1) pounded out 19 hits en route to the lopsided win. Troy didn’t help the cause by committing five errors, which led to eight unearned runs. Ryan Leonards, Caleb Adams and Chase Compton had three hits each to pace the attack. Seth Harrison drove in three runs. Adams and Even Powell homered, with Powell’s blast being the second one this week as a pinch hitter. Carson Baranik (7-0) got the win in place of normal Friday starter Austin Robichaux, who is sidelined this weekend because of tendonitis. Tanner Hicks (2-5) took the loss. The teams play a doubleheader today at 3:05 because of impending weather.
WKU 8, ARKANSAS STATE 6–In Bowling Green, WKU jumped out to a 5-0 lead and Justin Hageman and the Hilltoppers’ bullpen made the lead stand up as WKU (17-14, 5-5) defeated Arkansas State (16-14, 7-3) by the score of 8-6. Hageman (3-1) allowed just two earned runs through six innings. Ian Tompkins pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Anderson Miller had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times to pace the ‘Tops. Starter David Owen (4-1) took the loss, allowing six earned runs in 7.2 innings. The loss dropped the Red Wolves two games behind Louisiana in the league standings.
SOUTH ALABAMA 5, TEXAS STATE 4 (13)–In San Marcos, Drew LaBounty delivered a one-out RBI single to left field in the top of the 13th inning to lead South Alabama (14-15, 4-5) to a 5-4 win over Texas State
Matt Wojciechowski reached on a hit by pitch from Bobcats right-hander Hunter Lemke hit Matt Wojciechowski, and moved to second on a single to right by Connor Hawthorne. LaBounty then drilled pitch through the left side of the infield to score Wojciechowski with the eventual game-winning run.
USA right-hander Ben Taylor (3-1) pitched 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings to get the win, allowing just three hits. . Lemke (5-2) took the loss.
Starter Taylor Black allowed four hits and one earned run through eight innings and Texas State (17-12, 6-4) led 4-3 going into the ninth, but the Jaguars rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth against Lemke on a two out error, a sacrifice and a hit by LaBounty..
Cameron Cummings had three hits for the Jags, while three others had two hits apiece. Garrett Mattage had two hits for the Bobcats.
UT ARLINGTON 10, UL MONROE 8–UT Arlington spotted UL Monroe three runs in the top of the first inning, but then unleashed a 17-hit attack to defeat the Warhawks 10-8 in Arlington.
Matt Shortall, Travis Sibley and Derek Miller each had three hits for the Mavericks (13-17, 5-5), who won their fourth straight league game. Shortall also drove in four runs.
Reliever Zach Hobbs (2-0) got the win, allowing one run in two innings of work. Jess Amadee pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.
ULM (12-19, 4-6) lost the game despite hitting four homers. Dalton Herrington hit two homers while Justin Stawychny and Keelin Rasch homered as well Chris Hunt (2-1) allowed nine runs, six earned in 4.1 innings.
UALR 14, GEORGIA STATE 7–At Gary Hogan Field, Arkansas-Little Rock scored 12 runs in the middle three innings to defeat Georgia State. Catcher Drew Merten drove in five runs and Ben Crumpton homered for the Trojans (12-15, 2-8). Reliever Jesse Harbin (3-1) got the win for the Trojans with 2.1 innings of hitless relief.
Georgia State (14-17. 2-7) had fourteen hits in the game, two each from Caden Bailey, Matt Rose, Chase Raffield and Chris Triplett. Jerry Stuckey (2-2) gave up three runs in his one inning of work and was saddled with the loss.
The two teams combined for 27 hits in the game with sixteen of them going for extra bases.
(Game stories from participating schools and NCAA box scores contributed to this story.)