STATESBORO, Ga. — Georgia Southern took the lead with two runs in the fifth inning and then held on for a 3-2 Sun Belt Conference win over UL-Lafayette on Saturday.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (20-11, 9-5 SBC) had a chance to tie the game when Stefan Trosclair reached third base with one out in the ninth inning, but Trosclair was thrown out at the plate after Brad Antchak hit a grounder to Eagles second baseman Cal Baker.
Brenn Conrad flew out to right field to end the game.
Georgia Southern (18-13, 7-7) limited UL-Lafayette to two runs on six hits thanks to the efforts of Chase Cohen and Connor Simmons.
Cohen (3-2) allowed single runs in the first and second innings, and lasted until the sixth. He gave up five hits while walking two with five strike outs.
Simmons pitched the final three innings to earn his first save of the season. He struck out four and gave up one hit.
The Cajuns had the leadoff runner on base in three of the final four innings after GSU took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.
Joe Robbins doubled to start the sixth inning, but was stranded. Antchak drew a walk to lead off the seventh and was sacrificed to second base before also being stranded.
GSU’s Jordan Wren led the bottom of the fifth with a single, and was safe at second on C.J. Brazil’s sacrifice bunt. After the runners moved up on a wild pitch, Baker’s single to left drove in both runs.
Wyatt Marks (3-3) started and went six innings for UL-Lafayette. He took the loss after giving up five hits and all three runs.
UL-Lafayette led 2-1 after the first two innings.