BOONE, N.C. — UL-Lafayette posted season highs for hits, runs, doubles and homers as the Ragin’ Cajuns routed Appalachian State 20-6 on Saturday to even the series at Beaver Field.
The Cajuns (30-16, 14-8 Sun Belt) and Mountaineers (14-34, 6-19) will meet in the series finale at 11 a.m. Sunday. Freshman right-hander Wyatt Marks will start for UL-Lafayette, while Appalachian State will go with senior left-hander Jeffrey Springs.
“You know you are going to score runs after facing a guy like we did last night,” coach Tony Robichaux said.
Robichaux was referring to Appalachian State pitcher Taylor Thurber, who held the Cajuns to five hits in a 2-1 win Friday night.
“The hitters are going to see the ball better than they did the night before,” Robichaux said. “It’s an invisible climb facing a guy like we did last night, and it actually makes you a better hitter. We saw that today. Conversely, we need to be careful that we come out and continue to hit tomorrow.”
The Cajuns pounded out 19 hits, including seven doubles and six home runs. The six homera are the most by an opponent at Beaver Field and one short of UL-Lafayette school record.
Senior designated hitter Tyler Girouard was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs. Blake Trahan, Stefan Trosclair and Kyle Clement each had three hits, and Trosclair equaled a career-high with four RBIs.
Junior reliever Will Bacon (3-1) held Appalachian State to one run on four hits in three innings with a strikeout and a walk. Starter Evan Guillory left the game in the fifth inning after giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in a no-decision.
Sophomore Reagan Bazar tossed two scoreless innings to close out the game. He had three strikeouts.
Trailing 2-1, the Cajuns regained the lead for good in the top of the third on a two-run homer to right by Clement to make the score 3-2. Two batters later, Girouard launched his third homer of the season to right to extend the lead to 4-2.
The Cajuns added five runs on three hits and two walks in the top of the fourth to jump out to a 9-2 lead. A solo homer by Evan Powell and a three-run homer by Trosclair highlighted the inning.
UL-Lafayette blew the game open in the top of the sixth, scoring six runs on five hits, one walk and an ASU error. Three RBI doubles by Girouard, Butler and Thurman highlighted the inning.
The Cajuns added five runs over the final three innings, including a two-run double and a solo homer by first baseman Greg Davis to make the final 20-6.