TROY, Ala. — After Texas State knocked it into the losers’ bracket in embarrassing fashion in its first game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament, the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team got some payback by dominating a Saturday doubleheader and ending the Bobcats’ season.
Ragin’ Cajuns starter Will Bacon stifled the Texas State bats over 6.1 innings, the offense picked him up with some clutch runs late and Dylan Moore closed out his second win of the day for a 6-2 victory in the tournament semifinals.
It was the Cajuns’ second win of the day against Texas State, and it secured a spot in the tournament championship game against South Alabama at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Cajuns picked up two runs in the first inning against Texas State starter Lucas Humpal, getting help from a pair of errors. But Humpal shut them down after that, allowing just four base runners and one run in the next six innings.
Luckily for the Cajuns, Bacon was there to match. Making his third appearance of the tournament — and his first start — Bacon didn’t allow a runner past second base until the fifth inning, when the Bobcats finally broke through for a pair of runs.
Bacon got one out in the seventh inning before coach Tony Robichaux called on Moore — who closed Saturday’s first game, a 3-0 victory — and Moore hurled the final 2.2 innings without allowing a run to close his 11th game of the year.
The Cajuns were able to breathe a little easier in the eighth inning after Nick Thurman, who entered the at bat hitting 1-for-18 in the tournament, stroked a two-run double into right-center to give his team a three-run cushion.