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Baseball: Cajuns Slip Up In Series Finale At Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. – A four-run sixth inning was the difference on Sunday as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team fell to Georgia Southern in the rubber match of the series at J.I. Clements Stadium.
The Ragin' Cajuns (8-11, 1-2 SBC) outhit the Eagles (9-11, 2-1 SBC) for the third straight contest with a slight 7-6 edge.
Junior Hogan Harris took the loss after giving up four runs on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings of work.
Reliever Cole Whitney earned the victory for Georgia Southern tossing a career-high 5.1 scoreless innings with two hits and six strikeouts. Chase Cohen claimed his fourth save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.
LEADING THE CAJUNS
Senior Colten Schmidt had a strong start on the mound allowing just one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in four innings.
Junior Gavin Bourgeois paced the offense going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored twice. Freshman Hayden Cantrelle recorded a career-high three RBI with a pair of hits in the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Cantrelle gave Louisiana a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning driving a two-run, two-out single back up the middle.
Georgia Southern cut into the lead in the bottom of the second when Blake Simmons singled home a run with two outs.
The Ragin' Cajuns added to their advantage in the top of the third when Kennon Fontenot brought home Bourgeois on a safety squeeze to make the score 3-1. Cantrelle came through with his second two-out hit of the game later in the inning plating Hunter Kasuls on a single back up the middle to give the Cajuns a 4-1 edge.
After two scoreless innings, the Eagles got things going offensively in the bottom of the sixth as Chandler Corley brought home a run on a ground rule double down the right field line to cut the lead to 4-2.
Later in the inning, with the bases loaded Simmons reached on an infield single to second base bring home a run and pull Georgia Southern with in a run. In the next at bat, Steven Curry was hit by a Harris pitch to knot the game at 4-all before Jason Swan walked on five pitches to give the Eagles a 5-4 advantage.
Louisiana would see just one runner reach base in the final three frames to make the final 5-4.
The Cajuns close out their five-game road trip on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at McNeese. Following the matchup with the Cowboys, Louisiana returns home to M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park for a three-game conference series against Troy starting Friday at 6 p.m.
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