Lafayette, LA (ASU) — The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns used a seven-run fourth inning to take charge early and went on to defeat Arkansas State 14-6 Saturday at M.L. Tigue Moore Field in the second game of three game Sun Belt Conference series.
The Red Wolves overall record fell 24-23 on the year and 10-13 in league play, while ULL improved to 33-15 overall on the year and 14-9 in the conference.
ASU fell behind 1-0 after the first inning, but A-State wasted little time in getting the run back. After Cody Boutte struck out the first five Red Wolves he faced, Logan Uxa beat out an infield single and Tanner Ring was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.
Alex Potts drove in ASU's first run of the game with a ground-rule double over the wall in right-centerfield that scored Uxa and Jones followed with an RBI single through the left side that plated Ring to give Arkansas State its first lead of the weekend at 2-1.
Stuart Levy added to the A-State lead with an RBI double down the right field line in the third inning to extend the lead to 3-1. Kevin Fitzpatrick reached on the second hit batsman of the game by Boutte and then stole second to move himself into scoring position. It was the third stolen base of the season for the freshman and Ryan Emery added a stolen base later in the game to give ASU 18 stolen bases on the season.
Levy followed by driving a ball down the line in right field that scored Fitzpatrick from second easily to give Arkansas State a two-run advantage after just 2 ½ innings.
The Ragin' Cajuns would respond in a big way in the fourth inning with seven runs on four hits and one error to take an 8-3 lead. Bradley Wallace loaded the bases after Ring misplayed a ball at third base that hit off his chest for the Red Wolves' second error of the game. John Koch came into pitch in relief of Wallace after the error, but the A-State senior gave up a two-run single to Seth Harrison that tied the game and then gave up a two-run single to Blake Trahan and then a three-run home run to Dylan Butler that pushed the lead to 8-3.
ASU got a run back with an RBI single by Dustin Jones in the top half of the sixth inning. Jones has gone 4-for-7 from the plate in the series with four RBIs. He and Potts have collected seven of the 17 hits for ASU in the series for ASU. Potts also collected his nation leading 21st sacrifice bunt in the game.
Stuart Levy homered in the top of the 9th inning for his third home run of the season to cut the final deficit to 14-6 on the night.
Wallace pitched around a rocky first inning after the Ragin' Cajuns loaded the bases with a pair of walks, an infield bunt single and a sacrifice bunt to start the game. Louisiana-Lafayette scored on a groundball that Jones misplayed at shortstop that could have been a potential inning ending double play. Wallace battled back, however, and got a groundout back to the mound and then a fly out to limit the damage to just one run in the inning.
ULL continued to swing the bat well throughout the night and extended the lead to 12-4 after scoring four runs off Seth McWilliams in the sixth inning and then added two more runs off Adam Grantham in the eighth inning to make the lead 14-4.
The series finale will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon with Cody Woodhouse scheduled to start for the Red Wolves.