HOUSTON — Two UL-Lafayette pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Ragin' Cajuns defeated No. 12 Vanderbilt 3-0 at the Shriners College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
Jack Burk (1-2) went seven innings, and was rarely in trouble. Vanderbilt (9-3) had runners at first and second with two outs in the first and third innings. Both times Burk got a fly ball to center to end the inning.
Logan Stoelke went the final two innings to get his fourth save. He walked two batters, one each in the eighth and ninth innings, but didn’t allow a hit.
For UL-Lafayette (4-6), the win was its second over a ranked opponent this season, and its first over a Southeastern Conference foe since taking two of three from Alabama in March 2015.
UL-Lafayette took a 2-0 lead in the third. O’Neal Lochridge drew a leadoff walk and made his way to third with two outs. Kennon Fontenot then delivered a two-run home run to left-center.
The Cajuns added an insurance run in the seventh. After UL-Lafayette loaded the bases on two hits and a walk, Vanderbilt’s Zach King plunked Hunter Kasuls with a pitch to drive in the run.
Both teams got two hits in the first inning, but neither was able to score.
Vanderbilt got a pair of two-out singles before Philip Clarke lined out to center. Gavin Bourgeois opened the Cajuns half with a single, but was thrown out trying to steal second. Kasuls was stranded at second after doubling to right with two outs.
Stoelke walked the first batter he faced, Connor Kaiser, in the top of the eighth. Two ground outs moved Kaiser to third, but Clarke grounded out to third to end the at-bat.
Stephen Scott drew a two-out walk in the ninth inning. Scott took second without a throw before Stoelke struck out Walker Grisanti.
UL-Lafayette completes play at the Shriners College Classic with an 11 a.m. game against No. 8 Kentucky on Sunday.