South Alabama Evens Series With Cajuns, 6-0
The good news is, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns have 20 hits in their series with South Alabama.
The bad news is, only three of them came on Saturday.
Thomas Huston baffled the Cajuns over seven innings and the result was a 6-0 South Alabama win before 4,630 at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Huston (3-1) walked two and struck out six. He also induced nine ground ball outs in his 105 pitch performance.
"They (soft throwing lefties) have gotten us all year," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "We had to match his performance with our pitching and we didn't do that."
The Jaguars (16-11, 6-2 Sun Belt) got on the board against Cajuns' starter Nick Lee (4-3) in the second inning when Eddie Paparella drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double by Will Luft. The score stayed 1-0 until the fifth when Drew LaBounty led off with his second homer of the season. Brenden Donovan walked and Travis Swaggerty doubled to put runners at the corners and end Lee's day after just four innings. Evan Guillory allowed two sacrifice flies to make the score 4-0.
"Nick had done a good job against their lefties and we were hoping to get the last two lefties before going to the bullpen," Robichaux said. "But Swaggerty is a really good hitter and you're not going to hold him down forever," speaking of the Jags' center fielder who was 0-6 in the series before delivering his timely hit.
South Alabama got two more runs in the ninth on a two run single by Donovan. Only one of the runs was earned.
Louisiana (15-12, 5-3) got a leadoff single by Handsome Monica in the third, a two out triple by Ishmael Edwards in the fifth and a leadoff single by Kennon Fontenot in the seventh for their only hits in the game.
The rubber game in the series will be played Sunday morning at 11:00 am. The time has been moved from the scheduled 1pm start because of impending weather.