HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team scored six runs in the fifth inning to pull away from Southern Miss for a 13-4 victory Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park, evening the teams’ weekend series at one win each.
The Ragin’ Cajuns’ fifth-inning rally — much of it coming against two USM relievers who failed to record an out — broke open a 4-3 contest and made a winner out of relief pitcher Matt Plitt (1-0), who gave up a run on two walks in the only inning he logged.
Cord Cockrell tossed the final 4.1 innings for ULL (12-3). He allowed three hits in shutout relief against the Golden Eagles (7-7), who won Friday’s series opener 9-2.
The teams wrap up their nonconference weekend series at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Austin Robichaux (1-0, 2.40) will start for the Cajuns. Southern Miss will counter with Conor Fisk, who will make his first appearance of the season.
In Saturday’s fifth inning, ULL got back-to-back singles from Ryan Wilson and Dex Kjerstad off of reliever James McMahon. Southern Miss coach Scott Berry called Cameron Giannini out of the bullpen, but the Cajuns’ rally continued.
They not only scored two runs for which McMahon was responsible, they added four more off of Giannini, putting the game out of reach.
Ryan Leonards reached on a bunt down the third-base line to loading the bases. Giainnini struggled to find the strike zone, issuing two bases-loaded walks around a Caleb Adams RBI single as ULL’s lead grew to 7-3.
Daniel Wineski became the third Southern Miss pitcher of the fifth inning; he entered with the bases loaded and nobody out. Wineski finished the ininng, but not before a Chase Compton sacrifice fly and RBI singles from Sam Carriere and Nick Thurman increased the lead to 10-3.
ULL finished the scoring in the sixth, scoring three more runs on a Caleb Adams grounder, a USM throwing error and a Compton RBI single.
Six Cajuns had multiple-hit games, led by Leonards’ three hits. Adams hit his fourth home run of the season and tied Thurman with a team-high three RBIs.
ULL collected 14 hits, including nine off of the Golden Eagles bullpen.