LAKE CHARLES — This midweek game went more the way that the UL-Lafayette baseball team expected.
Less than 24 hours after their loss to visiting UNO, the top-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns trekked to McNeese State on Wednesday and came away with a 14-8 victory powered by a six-run eighth inning.
McNeese State (19-12) dropped its fourth straight mid-week game. UL-Lafayette (31-4), ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, improved to 14-0 on the road. All four of its losses, including Tuesday’s 8-7 surprise to the Privateers, have come at home.
The Ragin’ Cajuns outhit the Cowboys 13-9. Their first three hitters combined to go 7-for-18 with five RBIs and five runs.
Ryan Leonards led the squad with three hits, while Blake Trahan, Seth Harrison and Jace Conrad each had a pair of hits. Conrad increased his hit streak to 19 games with his single in the third inning. The Lafayette native is four games back of Chris Webb for the school record, set in 1996.
Greg Milhorn had a strong outing out of the bullpen to improve to 3-1 on the year holding McNeese State to one run on two hits in three innings. Milhorn retired seven of the last eight batters he faced to earn the win.
MSU’s Cole Prejean was handed his second loss of the season after giving up four runs on two hits with a walk and hit a batter in one inning.
The Ragin’ Cajuns reclaimed the lead for the third time in eighth, surging for six runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batsman to go in front 13-8. Trahan pulled the Cajuns even on a single to left, scoring Nick Thurman from third. Leonards gave UL-Lafayette the lead on a two-run single to left. After a Conrad RBI single, Thurman drove a bases-loaded single up the middle to plate two more runs.
The Cajuns open a three-game Sun Belt series at 6 p.m. Friday when they host UALR at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.