JONESBORO, Ark. — UL-Lafayette sophomore Wyatt Marks turned in a strong performance on the mound as the Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Arkansas State 5-2 on Saturday to even their series at Tomlinson Stadium.
“Marks did a great job,” coach Tony Robichaux said. “He only had one hit out of the infield on him, and a solo home run usually isn’t going to hurt you a whole lot. Today is a perfect example of what pitching and defense can do for you.”
Marks (3-2) held the Red Wolves to two runs (one earned) on three hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. It was Marks’ longest outing this season and his fourth quality start.
Sophomore Dylan Moore captured his seventh save, tossing two scoreless innings to close out the game for the Ragin’ Cajuns (17-10, 7-4 Sun Belt).
ASU starter Adam Grantham held UL-Lafayette to two runs on four hits in six innings in a no-decision. Kirby Tanner took the loss for Arkansas State (13-13, 4-7). Tanner gave up two runs on two hits in one inning.
The Ragin’ Cajuns outhit the Red Wolves 8-3 as Stefan Trosclair, Brad Antchak and Kennon Fontenot got two hits apiece. Antchak and Fontenot had two RBIs each.
“Our goal was to come back today and even things up and then go after tomorrow,” Robichaux said. “We need to come back tomorrow and continue to pitch and play defense.”
Trosclair put the Cajuns ahead 1-0 in the top of the first, driving a single to right-center to score Brian Mills from second base.
Arkansas State answered in the bottom of the first, tying the score on a sacrifice fly to center by Garrett Rucker.
But the Cajuns came right back. Fontenot singled home Nick Thurman to put the Ragin’ Cajuns in front 2-1 in the top of the second.
After three scoreless innings, Arkansas State’s Joe Schrimpf knotted the game at 2 in the bottom of the sixth, driving a line-drive solo homer over the fence in left.
Fontenot responded again for the Cajuns in the top of the seventh, hitting the first pitch he saw from Tanner down the left-field line for a solo homer, giving UL-Lafayette a 3-2 edge.
The Cajuns tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the eighth on Antchak’s first career homer, a two-run blast to left with one out.
Moore came on in the eighth and faced the minimum, getting Frankie Alvarez to ground into a double play to end the contest.
UL-Lafayette and Arkansas State close out their at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Freshman right-hander Nick Lee (4-1, 3.15) will start for the Cajuns. The Red Wolves will counter with right-hander Bryan Ayers (2-2, 5.13).