Lafayette, LA (ASU) —The Arkansas State baseball lost the series finale to Louisiana-Lafayette 8-1 Sunday afternoon at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
ASU jumped out in front with run in the first inning, but the Red Wolves could not hold onto the lead as the Ragin' Cajuns scored eight runs over four innings to complete the series sweep over Arkansas State.
A-State's overall record fell to 24-24 and 10-14 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Louisiana-Lafayette improved to 34-15 overall and 15-9 in league play.
A-State was aggressive on the base paths in the first inning. Kevin Fitzpatrick wreaked havoc on the Ragin' Cajun by reaching on an infield single and then stole his fourth base of the season. Ryan Emery followed with a walk to put two runners on and then the pair executed a double steal, which caused an errant from ULL catcher Michael Strentz and allowed Fitzpatrick to score and Emery to advance to third to give ASU an early 1-0 advantage.
Fitzpatrick reached base again in the third inning with a one out bloop single into leftfield, by Emery flew out to centerfield and then Fitzpatrick was caught stealing for the first time on the year to end the inning.
The Ragin' Cajuns tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when Seth Harrison delivered an RBI single through the right side that scored Dex Kjerstad. However, Cody Woodhouse battled back and struck out Tyler Girouard to limit the damage to just one run in the inning.
Louisiana-Lafayette took its first lead of the game in the fourth when Caleb Adams homered off Woodhouse. The home run just barely made it over the wall in right field, but it was enough to put the Ragin' Cajuns on top 2-1, a lead which they would not relinquish.
The Red Wolves had an opportunity to tie the game in the top of the sixth when Fitzpatrick reached base for the third time in the game and Logan Uxa followed with a two-out single that moved Fitzpatrick to third. Uxa moved into scoring position after stealing second with no throw, but Stuart Levy struck out to end the inning and leave both runners stranded in scoring position.
The Ragin' Cajuns broke the game with six runs on six hits in the sixth inning to push their lead to 8-1. Harrison hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and Adams followed two batters later with his second home run of the game, a two-run blast over the wall in left-centerfield, to push the lead to 6-1.
Adams' second home run chased Woodhouse from the game and he was replaced by Chandler Hawkins, who surrendered two more runs before ASU was able to get out of the inning with a double play, but the damage was done as Louisiana-Lafayette extended its lead to 8-1.
Fitzpatrick finished the game 2-for-4 with one run scored and a stolen base, while Alex Potts was 2-for-3. Uxa recorded the only other hit for ASU on the afternoon.
ASU will return to the field Wednesday, May 8 at Tennessee. First-pitch is set for p.m. in Knoxville, Tenn.