Cajuns Smack Panthers On Baseball Diamond 14-6
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun baseball team won their 11th straight game Saturday afternoon, defeating the Georgia State Panthers by the score of 14-6.
The #5 Cajuns scored early and often, helping them clinch the Sun Belt Conference series over Georgia State and improve to 21-2, and 5-0 in conference play.
A nine-run 2nd inning took away any drama, as UL cruised to a decisive victory. The 11 game winning streak is their longest since 2005.
Caleb Adams (pictured) hit a leadoff home run in the 2nd, while Greg Davis and Seth Harrison each hit 2 RBI doubles to give the Cajuns an early 9-1 lead.
Louisiana tallied 17 hits total in the contest, including 3 from Harrison (3-5), who hit 2 homers, registering 4 RBI and scoring 3 runs.
"Our players did a good job of not playing to the scoreboard," coach Tony Robichaux said after the win. "People think we run the score up from time to time, but we don't do that. We just play, and we don't play to the scoreboard."
Louisiana's pitching fared well against a Georgia State squad who leads the SBC in hitting. Carson Baranik got the start. The SBC leader in ERA earned his fifth win of the season. The Junior right-hander gave up 4 runs on 8 hits, but went 7 strong innings, fanning 6 Panther batters and only walking 2.
"Carson spread things out today and did a good of keeping them from having a big inning," Robichaux noted. "He didn't have everything he normally has today. The thing about a veteran arm is that he goes out and competes with what he does have. He was able to manage the game well....he kept them from getting a big inning today."
The Cajuns will look to remain undefeated in conference and sweep the series from the Panthers tomorrow. Louisiana will throw Senior leftie Cody Boutte (2-0, 4.41 ERA). The Panthers will counter with Andrew Fessler (1-2, 7.40 ERA)
First-pitch from the "Tigue" is set for noon. It was moved up an hour to accommodate Georgia State's travel plans. Catch all the action on the radio as Jay Walker has the call. Pregame begins at 11:30. Tune in at News Talk 96.5 KPEL and kpel965.com.