Until the 9th inning Saturday night, the UL-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns had done very little impressive…
Red Wolves Take Series Finale
And after two days of frustrating losses to the No. 2-ranked Ragin Cajuns it was not the start a crowd of more than 800 wanted to see in the Sun Belt Conference finale.
"We really weren't showing what we want to show for a big crowd,'' said coach Tommy Raffo. "If we play our game we are a pretty good team. This game got a lot cleaner was it went along."
And things slowly got better.
"One thing coach Raffo said to us was you have to find the competitor in you," said catcher Stuart Levy. "What happened the last two nights should have made you mad."
In the fourth on Stuart Levy's RBI single put the Red Wolves (27-21, 15-9 SBC) on the board and a bases-loaded walk to Lucas Feddersen cut the margin to 3-2.
The Cajuns (43-7, 20-4) made 4-2 in the sixth and appeared on their way to a sweep of the series before the Red Wolves rallied in the seventh.
The Red Wolves seventh:
Dustin Jones grounded out to short. Zac Maggio and Austin Baker walked. Tanner Ring was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A walk to Matt Burgess made it 4-3 then Levy ripped a double down the left field line past third for 2 RBIs and a 5-4 lead.
ULL escaped the inning with a pair of strike outs.
In the eighth, Maggio reached on a two-out single and reached third after a walk to Baker and Ring's infield singled. He scored on a wild pitch.
Freshman right-hander Tyler Zuber (2-0) turned in a performance as impressive as the Red Wolves' rally. He worked 3 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks but also struck out 2.
"He is growing into the spot,'' said Raffo. "He was not ready for this early in the year but we has developed and has gotten so great direction from our older players."
The victory salvaged the weekend and kept the Red Wolves tied for second in the SBC with Texas State. A-State has been either first or second in the standings all season.
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