LAFAYETTE, La. – The McNeese baseball team was unable to sustain in offensive momentum against the second ranked team in the nation on Tuesday as Louisiana-Lafayette blanked the Cowboys, 8-0.
The defeat handed McNeese (20-19) its sixth straight loss while ULL (36-5) added another victory to the best win-loss mark in collegiate baseball.
The Cowboys were out hit by its opposition, 10-2, and received its only hits from centerfielder Jackson Gooch and third baseman Matt Gallier.
Starting pitcher Michael Desabrais (0-2) was charged with the loss after working just 2.1 innings. The senior allowed four runs to score on three hits and three walks.
McNeese saw five relievers take the mound Tuesday and were led by Collin Kober who tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless play on just two hits and one walk along with a strikeout.
A two-out three-base error from Louisiana-Lafayette allowed Gooch to reach scoring position in the first inning of play. However, the Cowboys could not capitalize as Gooch was left stranded on a fly out.
The Cajuns struck first in the bottom of the first inning following a sacrifice fly to centerfield to take a 1-0 lead over McNeese.
The Cowboys defense along with Desabrais held the feisty ULL offense in the bottom of the second allowing no runs to score with bases loaded.
Three runs were added to the ULL lead in the bottom of the third inning as the Cajuns used a left field double from Caleb Adams. Tyler Girouard added a run as he advanced home on a wild pitch while Dylan Butler's infield single was the last run of the inning. The score was 4-0 in favor of ULL at that point.
McNeese seemed to get some momentum going again as Gooch sent a double to left-center and was advanced to third on a ground out from Marion. The Pokes could not take advantage and left the top half of the frame following another ground out.
Another sacrifice fly out from shortstop Blake Trahan allowed a run to score from third and give the Cajuns a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Cajuns tacked on runs in the seventh and eighth innings on an RBI-ground out and a pinch-hit single to extend their lead to a 7-0 score.