LAFAYETTE, La. – Despite only mustering one hit in the game, the second-ranked Louisiana baseball team earned a shutout victory against Texas State, 2-0, to win its 12th consecutive weekend series on Sunday at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
The shutout is the 10th of the year for the Ragin' Cajuns who improve to 39-6 overall and 18-3 in Sun Belt play, while the Bobcats, who were shutout for the first time this season, fall to 24-20 on the year and 12-9 in the league.
"I just told the guys that you measure a lot of things but you can't measure heart," associate head coach Anthony Babineaux said. "These guys have tons of heart. They just keep coming. They don't care that we got one hit. They care that we wont the game, and that we came out and competed to the best of our ability. That was good enough for today."
Start Cody Boutte was exceptional again on the mound as he improved to 6-0 after throwing six scoreless innings with three strikeouts and did not allow a free pass for the first time this season. The lefty scattered seven hits in the outing and only had one runner to reach third. Boutte has allowed just one earned run in the last 25 innings and none in the last 13.
"That was just an unbelievable performance by Cody Boutte coming out, setting the tone and just throwing up zero after zero after zero," Babineaux added. "That's what we needed."
Senior Ryan Wilson pulled double duty for the Cajuns making the start in right field and then came in to close out the game following the rain delay. Wilson posted three shutout innings in relief to tally his third save of the season and fourth of his career. The right-hander struck out three and allowed one hit.
"That delay probably just helped Ryan relaxed a little bit and get his mind from position to on the mound, and he was absolutely perfect for us out there," Babineaux said.
Lucas Humpal (3-4) was tabbed with the loss for the Bobcats after holding the Ragin' Cajuns to two unearned runs on one hit with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Tyler Girouard recorded the Cajuns only hit in the contest in the bottom of the second on a bunt single. Cory Geisler and Granger Studdard each had two hits in the contest for Texas State.
Wilson brought home the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth as he drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs. The Cajuns loaded the bases after a pitch hit Chase Compton, Mike Strentz reached on an error and Blake Trahan walked.
Play was halted in the bottom of the sixth as there was a 105-minute lightning delay.
When play resumed, Dylan Butler drew a walk with one out to load the bases. In the next at bat, Chase Compton executed the suicide squeeze to perfection to bring home the second run of the game for Louisiana to make the score 2-0.
The Bobcats best scoring opportunity came in the top of the ninth as they loaded the bases with two outs in the inning. Wilson settled in and struck out Cory Geisler on a 0-2 fastball to end the game and preserve the shutout.
Shortstop Blake Trahan saw his 15-game hit streak come to an end though his on base streak extended to 21 games with the walk in the fifth.
Louisiana opens a five-game week with a home-and-home series against Southeastern Louisiana starting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Hammond, La., at Alumni Field.
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