LITTLE ROCK, Ar – Louisiana’s shutout bullpen performance and five runs in the last four innings pushed the Ragin’ Cajuns past Little Rock, 7-4, victory on Sunday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field.
Six Ragin’ Cajuns (22-17, 8-7 SBC) recorded multiple hits on Sunday, highlighted by Ben Fitzgerald going 3-for-5 with a double and home run and Carson Roccaforte going 2-for-2 off the bench with two doubles.
Drake Osborn added two hits to his efforts on Sunday, improving to 5-for-10 when batting leadoff.
Little Rock (18-18, 9-6 SBC) was the first to score the ball game. Noah Dickerson started a two-out rally, hitting a double to right field before a flare to shallow left field from Kobe Barnum gave the Trojans the 1-0 lead.
All set up with two outs, Little Rock was able to plate three runs in the bottom half of the third off Carter Robinson to regain the lead.
Kimple tagged a ball off the right field wall for his third triple of the season, brining Louisiana within a run in the sixth inning.
The Ragin’ Cajuns strung together three-straight doubles from Roccaforte, Osborn and Fitzgerald to score two runs in the top of the seventh and give them the 5-4 lead.
Brandon Talley started the eighth inning for Louisiana by walking the leadoff hitter, Jake Wright. Talley later went on to retire the next three batters to hold the lead for the Cajuns. Talley pitched a key ground ball against one of the league’s best hitters in Tyler Williams to end the inning with runners on first and second.
Up 5-4 heading into the ninth, Louisiana’s Osborn singled home Roccaforte and Fitzgerald blasted his 11th home run of the season to put Louisiana up 7-4.
Talley did not need the insurance runs created in the ninth and closed the door for Louisiana, giving it the 7-4 win.