METAIRIE, La. – Back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth inning lifted the UL baseball team to a 6-5 win over the No. 10 LSU baseball team Tuesday night in The Shrine on Airline.
With the win, UL improves to 20-20 while LSU drops to 24-14.
Jacob Schultz (4-1) earned the win for the Cajuns. He threw three shutout innings. The right-hander gave up one hit and struck out two. Starter Logan Savoy and Connor Cooke combined for five innings and allowed five runs—three earned—on seven hits, walked one and struck out two.
Trent Vietmeier (2-1) was charged with the loss after tossing two innings. The sophomore gave up three runs on four hits and struck out two.
In the top of the second inning with second baseman Hunter Kasuls and left fielder Daniel Lahare on first and second after consecutive walks, right fielder Orynn Veillon singled up the middle to bring in Kasuls. After Veillon stole second to put runners in scoring position, first baseman Handsome Monica hit a sac fly to centerfield, which plated Lahare to give the Cajuns the 2-0 lead.
Cajun center fielder Brennan Breaux led off the top of the third with a walk and moved all the way to third on a single to right-center by Kasuls before scoring on a double steal to put UL-Lafayette up 3-0.
With one swing of the bat in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers tied the game 3-3. Freshman first baseman Cade Beloso belted a three-run blast off of the right field foul pole for his fifth home run of the season, scoring center fielder Antoine Duplantis and left fielder Daniel Cabrera, who reached earlier on a walk and a single up the middle, respectively.
Beloso tied his career high in RBIs with four in the contest, which he also did against Southern on February 27 at The Box.
Back-to-back home runs by the Cajuns in the top of the eighth inning gave UL-Lafayette the one run lead, 6-5. Veillon hit a two-run blast to left field with one out to bring in Kasuls, who reached on a leadoff single, and Monica followed with a shot to left field.
Todd Peterson started the game for the Tigers and blanked the Cajuns in his one inning. Clay Moffitt and Aaron George shut out the Cajuns over two innings and walked one. Freshman Riggs Threadgill made his first appearance since March 13 and threw one inning, struck out one and gave up one hit.