From ULL Athletics
LAFAYETTE,La. – Junior Austin Robichaux notched his second career complete gameshutout, striking out 11 as the tenth ranked Louisiana baseball team defeatedNo. 21 Alabama in the series opener in front of a sellout crowd of 4,040 atM.L. "Tigue" Moore Field on Friday night to extend its win streak to ninegames.
"Youhave to match a stingy guy with a stingy guy, and Austin did that tonight,"head coach Tony Robichaux said. "Friday night is tough. You aren't going to geta lot of runs. Austin held them down and gave us a chance to win the game."
Robichauxscattered seven hits in the outing to improve to 2-1 on the season lowering hisERA almost a full point to 1.29 after three starts.
Alabamastarter Spencer Turnbull was saddled with the loss despite a dominantperformance himself. Turnbull held the Cajuns (9-1) to just two runs (noneearned) on two hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
"Weknew we weren't going to score a lot of runs off of Turnbull," Robichaux noted."We had to pitch and play defense and try to match him."
SeniorRyan Leonards recorded the only hits of the contest for the Ragin' Cajuns asthey were outhit 7-2 by the Crimson Tide (4-4).
TheTide threatened in the top of the first loading the bases on three singles withone out. Robichaux dug in though striking out Casey Hughston and forcing aground ball out against Kyle Overstreet to end the inning.
"Thekey to the game tonight was for us to get out of the first inning," Robichauxadded. "They had a chance to jump on us early, and Austin did a good job ofsettling in and working his way out of things."
Louisianagot the offense going in the fourth putting two on with one out, but Turnbullforced a ground ball and a fly out to end the threat and keep things scoreless.
Inthe top of the six, Alabama notched back-to-back singles with one out, butagain Robichaux struck out Hughston and induced an Overstreet ground out to endthe threat.
TheCajuns broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh on a Chase Comptonsqueeze bunt scoring Ryan Wilson from third and Jace Conrad from second. Wilsonwalked to lead off the inning and then moved to third on a fielding blunder byTurnbull that also advanced Conrad to second.
TheCrimson Tide mustered just one runner in the final 3.2 innings as Robichauxretired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced in the contest.
Thetwo teams are back at it tomorrow at 2 p.m. at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field as theRagin' Cajuns look to win their four consecutive series dating back to the 2013season. Junior Carson Baranik will make the start for Louisiana with a 1-0record and a team-best 13 strikeouts headed into the series.
Thecontest can be seen live on myKLAF-TV and ESPN3 with Don Allen making the calland Kevin Cantrelle providing color.
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