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BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team posted a season-high 18 hits and got a strong start from junior right-hander Eric Carter as the squad notched its third straight win defeating Southern 14-1 in eight innings at Lee-Hines Field.
“The big is that we were able to come from an emotional win to a game with no one in the bleachers and kept our focus,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “The guys did a great job. Eric came out and set a good tempo for us and pounded the zone. Everyone played well and the guys off of the bench came in and did a good job and we had a complete team effort tonight.”
Stefan Trosclair, Tyler Girouard and Greg Davis each had three hits as Louisiana (18-13) had eight extra base hits in the game. Trosclair also drove in three runs and had a double and home run, while Evan Powell had three RBI on a pair of hits including a home run.
Carter registered an individual game-high 11 strikeouts limiting the Jaguars (10-17) to one run on five hits in seven innings to improve to 1-1 on the year. Reliever Reagan Bazar tossed a perfect inning for the Ragin' Cajuns to close out the contest.
Southern's J'Markus George was saddled with his fourth loss of the season after giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings with five walks.
Trosclair gave the Cajuns a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as he drove his team-leading fifth home run of the season over the fence in left.
Junior Blake Trahan increased his hit streak to 22-games in the top of the second as he tripled in a run to extend the Louisiana advantage to 2-0. Trahan is now one game back of tying Chris Webb for the school record. Webb set the record tallying a hit in 23-straight games in 1996.
Trosclair added a run in the top of the third scoring on a wild pitch by George to make the score 3-0.
In the top of the fifth, Evan Powell launched the second homer of the game for the Ragin' Cajuns sending a two-run bomb over the fence in left center to increase the lead to five runs.
The Cajuns tacked on three more runs in the top of the sixth on a RBI ground out by Trosclair and RBI singles by Davis and Nick Thurman.
Trosclair drove in his third run of the game in the top of the seventh on a double to right center.
Southern scratched across its only run of the game in the bottom half of the seventh on an RBI single by Sergio Torres.
Louisiana exploded for five runs on four hits and three walks in the top of the eight to make the final 14-1.
The Ragin' Cajuns continue action this weekend with a three-game series against Jackson State at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field starting Friday at 6 p.m. Game two of the series is slated for Saturday at 6 p.m.
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