Carson Baranik's gem leads No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette past Alabama
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Junior Carson Baranik followed up Austin Robichaux’s stellar outing on Friday with one of his own shutting out No. 28 Alabama 6-0 as No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette picked up its tenth consecutive victory on Saturday at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field to win the series.
Baranik threw 7.1 innings limiting the Crimson Tide (4-5) to just three hits while striking out four and walking two to move to 2-0 on the year. He retired ten in a row at one point and faced just two batters more than the minimum in his final 5.2 innings.
The Cajuns pitchers have yet to give up a run in the series and have allowed just one run in the last 25 innings.
“Baranik looked great out there today,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “He’s a guy with a good three pitch mix, and because of that he doesn’t always have to throw fastballs for strikes. He can rely on throwing his slider for a strike, and that’s what he did today.”
Alabama starter Justin Kamplain was touched up for three runs on two hits and four walks in four innings to earn his first loss of the season.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (10-1) outhit the Crimson Tide 10-3 on the afternoon led by three-hit performances by shortstop Blake Trahan and first baseman Greg Davis. Caleb Adams also had a good day at the plate going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and scored a run, while Jace Conrad homered and scored three runs.
“It’s a good sign when your team is scoring runs in different ways,” Robichaux added. “Last year we led the country in home runs, and this year we want to lead the country in competing. We want to come out and just compete, and that’s what we did today.”
The Cajuns jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a RBI single to center by Trahan scoring Adams from second.
In the bottom of the second, Louisiana added two more runs to extend the advantage to 3-0. With one out and Conrad on first, Davis doubled down the line in left to give the Cajuns two runners on. Conrad came in to score on a ball hit to short by Adams in the next at bat. Seth Harrison brought Davis home on a sac fly to right to cap the scoring in the inning.
Harrison brought in another run in the bottom of the sixth scoring Conrad on a sacrifice fly to left to make the score 4-0.
Louisiana picked up two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh on a sac fly by Ryan Leonards and a solo home run by Conrad to make the final 6-0. Conrad’s home run was his second of the season and seventh of his career.
Senior Matt Plitt came on in relief in the top of the eight and threw 1.2 scoreless innings with just one walk to complete the shutout.