Wichita, Kan. - The Cajuns came into Sunday's game three looking to pick up one game out of the three-game weekend series against Wichita State. The Shockers; however, would not give up an inch to the isiting Cajuns who were shelled with XX hits as Wichita State cruised to the three game sweep XX-XX.
Four run sixth and seventh innings for Louisiana put the Cajuns in an inescapable hole.
Logan Sorensen hit a stand-up double into left with one out in the Shockers' half of inning six and stole third putting him 90 feet away from the plate. Drew Moffitt walked placing runners on the corners. Mark Johnson batted in Sorensen with a single and Brandon Green cleared the pads with a double to center giving WSU an 8-4 lead while chasing Cajuns reliever Aaron Hays in favor of Franco Cardinale. Joe Muich hit a soft single into right to plate Green. Cardinale would use a double play to get out of the inning, but not before the hosts mustered four runs on four hits in the stanza increasing the lead to 9-4.
Shawn Smarsh singled to the left side to start the bottom of the seventh for WSU before Phil Napolitan got an infield single putting runners at first and second with no outs. Smarsh scored on an errant throw into third base. Nick Blasi walked and stole second before Sorensen swatted a single to bring home the two runners. Sorensen stole second and third.
Bubba Oliver came in to pitch and would surrender one more run on a wild pitch, but got out of the inning on a called strike three.
With the loss, Louisiana-Lafayette falls to 7-5 on the season.
Mathew Jakubov (1-0) got the win for the Shockers going five innings giving up four runs on six hits striking out five Cajuns.
Hays (0-1) took the loss for the Cajuns going two innings surrendering five runs on six hits.
The Cajuns picked up one run in the first; but squandered a chance to add more runs with runners on second and third with no outs. Justin Merendino started the game by reaching first on a Shockers fielding error and moved over to second when Josh Landry singled to the first baseman. Merendino scored when Dallas Morris hit a bloop single to right center and advanced to second on the throw.
Napolitan walked and stole second with no outs in the first for WSU. Cajuns starter Josh Kohrs struck out the next batter but issued a walks to Sorensen and Moffitt loading the bases. Mark Johnson tied the game with a single to left. Kohrs pitched out of the jam by getting Muich to swing and miss at a pitch on the outside corner of the zone, leaving the three baserunners on the pads.
Kevin Preau was hit by a pitch on the first offering in the top of the second and stole to put himself in scoring position; but was doubled up on a Ryan Core line drive to the WSU second baseman who was in perfect position to turn two.
Muich walked in the bottom of the fourth and advanced to third on a McCoola single to center field. Smarsh walked to load the bases and bring up the top of the Shockers batting order. Napolitan reached second on a fielder's choice and a throwing error that scored two. Blasi doubled to left to score Napolitan. Soensen singled up the middle to put the runners on the corners. Aaron Hays came on in relief and struck out the next two to get out of the inning.
Preau doubled to right and advances to third on a Ryan Core single to center in the top half of inning five. Core was lifted for a pinch runner in Adam Massiatte before John Coker singled to right center plating Preau to cut the Shockers lead in half. Landry delivered a single to the right side scoring Massiatte and moving Coker from second to third. Morris plated Coker on a sacrifice fly to center tying the game 4-4.
Wichita State pulled ahead in the fifth Brandon Green doubled down the left field line to start the inning. Green scored on a Muich single to right. Hays forced McCoola into a double play before giving up a single to Smarsh who stole second. Napolitan drew a free pass but was caught stealing by Massiatte who took over catching duties behind the plate.
Saloom and Preau walked in the top of the ninth and Massiatte delivered a single to right center to bring Saloom home. The Cajuns picked up another RBI when Coker slapped a single to left, scoring Preau. Landry reached base on an error and pinch hitter Philip Hawke delivered a single to score Massiatte bringing the tally to 13-7; but the Shockers would get out of the jam wit a strikeout, that ended the game.
The Ragin' Cajuns will fly back tomorrow and prepare for a midweek game against Nicholls Wednesday night at Moore Field. The first pitch will be thrown out at 6:30 p.m.