ATLANTA — First, the six-game winning streak. Then, the rut of rainouts. And now, this odd run — a third-straight one-run, conference road loss for the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team.
The Ragin’ Cajuns fell 7-6 to Georgia State, when Matt Rose drew a bases-loaded walk, in 10 innings Friday night in the Sun Belt series opener at the GSU Baseball Complex.
UL-Lafayette (10-8, 3-3) last won March 8, when the Cajuns were on a six-game tear after sweeping their opening SBC series.
“We are on the road with a young team and put ourselves in a position to win, but we have to take away these self-inflicted wounds,” coach Tony Robichaux said. “It is what it is. We just need to work through it.”
UL-Lafayette led by one-run three times — 1-0 midway through the second, 5-4 with four runs in the sixth after rallying from a 4-1 deficit and 6-5 midway through the seventh.
But each time, Georgia State (14-7, 3-0) scratched out a tying run to answer in the bottom of the inning. Rose’s homer in the sixth tied the score at 5, and after Tyler Girouard’s sacrifice to left scored Brian Mills for a 6-5 lead, GSU answered with an RBI single from Justin Jones in the bottom of the seventh.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Panthers loaded the bases after a pair of hits and a walk before Rose drew the walk from Colton Lee (0-2) to win the game.
The teams had 12 hits apiece, with GSU’s Ryan Blanton and Justin Hones posting a game-high three hits, and Matt Rose driving in four runs on two hits (a double and the homer) with two walks. Blake Trahan, Greg Davis, Joe Robbins, Stefan Trosclair and Brian Mills each had a pair of hits for UL-Lafayette.
Cajuns starter Evan Guillory was touched for five runs on seven hits throwing six innings in a no-decision. Kevin Burgee picked up the win for Georgia State throwing 1.1 scoreless innings.
Mills put the Cajuns in front 1-0 in the second won his two-out single through the left side of the infield to score Trosclair from second base.
The Panthers answered with an RBI single by Trae Sweeting to tie the game at 1-1.
Rose’s two-run double powered a three-run outburst as Georgia State took a 4-1 lead in the third.
In the fifth, UL-Lafayette got four runs to take a 5-4 lead. Robbins started the scoring with an infield RBI single, Girouard scored from third on a wild pitch, Trosclair hit a sacrifice fly to right and Robbins scored on a wild pitch to give the Cajuns the lead.