JONESBORO, Ark. — Kyle Clement had a four-RBI day to lift the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team to a 6-1 victory over Arkansas State in the series finale Sunday.
The win marks the fifth series victory for the Cajuns (18-10, 8-4 Sun Belt) and the third in Sun Belt play. Two of the three conference series wins came on the road.
“We got a 3-1 road week, and I hope that’s a sign of things turning around,” coach Tony Robichaux said. “We let the first one get away from us this weekend, but we answered and came back to get the next two, and that’s big for us. It’s good to see (Clement) back after going down with an injury. He is only going to make us better.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns got a strong performance from freshman right-hander Nick Lee (5-1): He limited the Red Wolves (13-14, 4-8) to an unearned run and two hits in 5.2 innings, striking out a season-high eight.
Senior righty Eric Carter was lights out in relief, earning his first career save by tossing 3.1 scoreless innings. Carter allowed just one runner to reach base — a Matt Burgess single in the eighth — and had a season-high five strikeouts.
ASU starter Cody Jackson took the loss after giving up three runs (one earned) and two hits in 5.2 innings.
The Cajuns broke a scoreless tie in the fifth on a safety squeeze by Brenn Conrad with runners at the corners and one out. Stefan Trosclair walked to lead off the inning and moved to third on a single by Steven Sensley.
The Red Wolves evened things up in the bottom half when Ty White stole third base and came around to score on a throwing error by catcher Nick Thurman.
Like in Game 2 of the series, the Cajuns quickly answered: Clement drove a 3-0 pitch from Jackson over the fence in right field for a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth to make it 3-1. The home run was the first of the season for Clement and his ninth of his career.
The Cajuns tacked on three runs in the eighth. Kennon Fontenot score on a wild pitch with the bases loaded to make it 4-1. Clement came through in the next at-bat as the team perfectly executed the double squeeze to make it a four-run lead.
The Cajuns return to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday against visiting Northwestern State at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. They return to Sun Belt play starting Friday at Georgia Southern.