From SLU Athletics
HAMMOND, La. – With a runner aboard, Louisiana-Lafayette first baseman Chase Compton hit his third home run of the season Tuesday as the No. 2-ranked Ragin' Cajuns rallied with two outs in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
Southeastern (27-18) entered the ninth leading, 5-4, following a three-run rally of its own in the eighth.
Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, Brett Hoffman doubled down the left-field line with one out to jump start the offense. Earlier, Hoffman led off the sixth with the first home run of his career, a solo shot to right.
Daniel Midyett followed up Hoffman's extra-base hit with a single up the middle, putting runners on the corners. Sam Roberson, who was 0-for-3 at the plate coming into this at bat, singled to right on a hit and run, driving in Hoffman and sending Midyett around to third base.
The Lions tied the game on a delayed, double steal with Midyett swiping home as ULL tried to nab Roberson at second. Kyle Cedotal kept the inning rolling with a single just over the outstretched glove of the second baseman, Southeastern's fourth-consecutive hit, putting runners on the corners once again. Kennon Menard gave the Lions the lead with a ground out to second, scoring Roberson.
ULL (40-6) took advantage of a Lion error to start the ninth. Seth Harrison, leading off the inning, reached on a misplayed ball by second baseman Brooks Morse. Though eventually erased on a fielder's choice, the error kept the inning alive for Compton's two-out homer down the right-field line off Dylan Hills (3-3).
In the bottom of the ninth, Southeastern refused to go quietly. Jacob Seward drew a walk from reliever Ryan Wilson to lead off the inning and then moved up to second on a wild pitch. Andrew Godbold drew a one out walk, putting the potential winning run aboard, but Hoffman grounded into a double play to end the game.
ULL reliever Greg Milhorn (5-2) earned the win, despite originally surrendering the lead in the eighth, and Wilson earned his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Hills suffered the loss.
Southeastern has dropped five-consecutive games for the first time since the 2007 season. The Lions lost six straight from March 25-April 1 of that season.
ULL is tentatively scheduled to give freshman right-hander Reagan Bazar (3-0, 1.80) the first start of his career in Wednesday's 6 p.m. contest at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, La. Southeastern will counter with sophomore right-hander Gabe Von Rosenberg (1-0, 3.60).