NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team rallied for three runs in the top of the 11th to defeat Tulane 5-2 in extra innings on Tuesday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Senoir Dylan Moore picked up the victory for Louisiana (7-9) tossing 1.2 scoreless innings to close out the game. Moore twice worked out of bases loaded jams in the game with a pair of strikeouts. Reliever Ben White took the loss for the Green Wave (8-9) after giving up one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
The Ragin’ Cajuns had a season-high 13 hits in the game while holding Tulane to just six hits in 11 innings.
Senior Colten Schmidt had another strong start with five scoreless innings and four strikeouts in a no decision. In his last three starts, Schmidt has allowed just one run in 20 innings of work.
Offensively, Daniel Lahare had a career-high three hits in the game and scored two runs. Freshmen Jonathan Windham and Luke Coker had a pair of hits, while Gavin Bourgeois extended his hit streak to seven games as he has reached base in 11 straight contests.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Ragin’ Cajuns jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Kennon Fontenot brought home Bourgeois on an RBI ground out to the catcher.
Louisiana added to its lead in the top of the sixth on an RBI single to left field by Luke Coker to make the score 2-0.
The Green Wave got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Kody Hoese brought home Jonathon Artigues on a sacrifice fly to right field to cut the lead to 2-1.
Tulane evened the contest in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Hoese.
The Green Wave loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the tenth, but Moore came in and got Hoese to ground into a fielder’s choice and then struck out Matt Rowland to get out of the jam unscathed.
Bourgeois gave the Ragin’ Cajuns the lead back in the top of the 11th with an RBI single through the left side of the infield. Later in the inning senior Zach LaFleur added two big insurance runs with a two-out, two-run double to left centerfield to make the score 5-2.
Tulane loaded the bases again in the bottom of the 11th with one out, but for the second time in the game Moore got the better of the Wave inducing a ground ball double play from pinch hitter Grant Mathews to end the game.
The Cajuns continue their five-game road trip at Georgia Southern this weekend as the squad opens Sun Belt Conference play on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT at J.I. Clements Stadium. Following the series with the Eagles, Louisiana will wrap up the road trip on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a contest at McNeese.