TROY, Ala. — Freshman Wyatt Marks struck out eight in seven scoreless innings, and closer Dylan Moore finished off Texas State with two perfect innings in the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team’s 3-0 victory Saturday in the Sun Belt Conference tournament semifinals.
The teams will play again at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for a spot in the tournament championship game against South Alabama.
Marks, who gave up five runs in just one-third of an inning in his first start of the tournament, owned the Texas State lineup with complete command of his pitches.
The Bobcats only advanced one runner past first base — and that came on Marks’ 109th and final pitch, when center fielder Derek Scheible led the eighth with a double down the right-field line.
Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux then turned to Moore, who took the loss in Wednesday’s game against Texas State, and Moore retired all six batters he faced to lock down his 10th save.
In the first meeting between the teams, the Cajuns’ gloves betrayed them in the ninth inning, leading to a four-run Texas State rally that sent the Cajuns into the tournament’s losers’ bracket. But the defense had Marks’ back Saturday. The Cajuns turned three double plays, killing any potential rally against Marks.
And while the Cajuns have done well offensively throughout the tournament, they needed the standout effort from the pitching staff on a day when the ball wasn’t carrying.
The Cajuns never really got their offense going against Texas State left-hander Cory Geisler, who retired the first nine batters he faced without giving up much solid contact.
But when the lineup turned back over, the Cajuns found a crease and took advantage.
Blake Trahan ripped a single past a lunging Cedric Vallieres at second base to start things off in the Cajuns fourth. Three batters later, Tyler Girouard scored him with a double off the base of the wall in right field.
The Cajuns added some insurance in the seventh inning on an RBI single from Trahan.