LAFAYETTE — Strong pitching by four Louisiana-Lafayette pitchers helped the Ragin’ Cajuns snap a two-game losing streak Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over Louisiana Tech at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.
The Cajuns (29-19-1) pushed across two runs in the fourth inning and added to a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Kennon Fontenot led off with a triple and Brad Antchak put down a squeeze bunt that scored Fontenot with an insurance run.
That was plenty for the UL-Lafayette pitchers, who got a huge boost from reliever Wyatt Marks in the sixth inning. Marks entered the game with the bases loaded and nobody out, but struck out Tech’s Marshall Boggs and Jonathan Washam and got an inning-ending ground ball from Sean Ullrich.
Marks struck out four in two perfect innings, Jevin Huval pitched the eighth and Dylan Moore allowed one hit before fanning one and getting a game-ending double play in the ninth for his ninth save of the year. Evan Guillory (4-2) limited the Bulldogs (32-16) to three hits through five innings in picking up the win.
The Cajuns got to Tech starter Cameron Linck in the fourth when Steven Sensley and Fontenot led off with single, and a one-out walk to Antchak from reliever Kyle Griffin loaded the bases. Alex Pinero’s line-drive sacrifice fly scored one run and Handsome Monica delivered a two-out single to provide a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs got one run back in the fifth when Washam led off with a double and scored on Cody Daigle’s two-out single, and loaded the bases in the sixth on singles by Raphael Gladu and Brent Diaz before Guillory hit Chase Lunceford. But Marks, who leads the nation in fewest hits allowed and ranks second nationally in strikeouts, worked out of trouble and then retired all three batters he faced in the seventh.