Ole Miss ousts top-ranked ULL in Super Regional
LAFAYETTE - The top-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team fell one win short of the program's second trip to the College World Series on Monday after a 10-4 loss to Ole Miss in the decisive game of the Lafayette Super Regional at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
The Cajuns (58-10) finish the season with the most wins in both program and Sun Belt history despite losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. Ole Miss (46-19) advances to the Omaha this weekend.
“You have to give credit to them,” ULL head coach Tony Robichaux said. “There's no better feeling than when you get that last out to get to Omaha, and on the other side of it there's going to be a team that's not going to feel real good.
Senior Cody Boutte (9-1) was handed his first loss of the season in the contest after giving up four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk in four innings.
Reliever Scott Weathersby picked up the victory for Ole Miss to move to 3-1 on the season, throwing two scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts.
Both Seth Harrison and Ryan Leonards had three hits in the contest as the Ragin' Cajuns outhit Ole Miss 10-9. Austin Anderson and Auston Bousfield each had two hits for the Rebels with Anderson driving in a game-high two runs.
Louisiana broke through in the bottom of the third on a sac fly to left by designated hitter Tyler Girouard which scored Leonards from third. Leonards led off the inning with a double to center.
Ole Miss answered in the top of the fourth on a two-run homer by Anderson to right field. Two batters later, Sikes Orvis launched a solo home run to right to extend the lead.
Michael Strentz got a run back for the Cajuns in the bottom of the fourth, driving in Chase Compton on a RBI ground out to third base. Later in the inning, Leonards tied the game with a double into the gap in left center to score Dylan Butler.
In the top of the sixth, Bousfield added a run for the Rebels on a two-out double down the left field line scoring Lee from first to make the score 5-3.
The Ragin' Cajuns pulled within a run in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI double down the left field line to score Girouard.
Ole Miss added four runs on three hits and two walks in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach. A bases-clearing double by Holt Perdzock highlighted the scoring in the inning.