College Baseball: Texas State upsets third-ranked UL Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, La. — One night after pushing No. 3 UL Lafayette to the brink in an eventual loss, Texas State buried the Ragin’ Cajuns under an avalanche of early runs and won going away. A five-run fourth inning propelled the Bobcats to a 10-3 upset win over UL Lafayette on its home field.
“I felt like our guys gained a little bit of confidence last night even though we lost,” Texas State head coach Ty Harrington said. “We had some good swings, so that gave us some offensive momentum. Our guys seemed to settle in and if we keep being offensive like this, we have a chance.”
Nothing slowed down the Bobcats early on as they staked junior pitcher Taylor Black to an 8-1 lead after the fourth inning. During that fourth inning, which broke the game wide open, Cory Geisler hit a mammoth two-run home run while Cameron Friess and Trey Hicks also collected run-scoring hits for Texas State.
This was the second consecutive game where the Bobcats had double-digit hits. Texas State pounded out 12 hits in Friday’s 8-6 loss and 15 more in Saturday’s win, which was the team’s first victory over a ranked opponent since 2012.
With Black dealing on the mound, the Ragin’ Cajuns didn’t have much of a shot of mounting a comeback. Black did allow 10 hits, but struck out eight and limited UL Lafayette to three runs (two earned).
“Taylor Black was really, really good,” Harrington said. “His breaking ball was exceptional tonight and they couldn’t figure it out.”
Now the Bobcats will send Lucas Humpal to the mound in hopes of doing something not many teams have done recently, which is beat the Ragin’ Cajuns on consecutive days.
“We’re going to have to earn it,” Harrington said. “These guys aren’t going to lay down and let us win. We’re going to have to go and take something if we want it.”
First pitch for Sunday's game is set for 1 p.m.