Right-handed ace pitcher Austin Robichaux tossed eight innings of one-run ball and the No. 2 seeded Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajun bats came alive in a 15-1 elimination game victory over Jackson State on Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
UL-Lafayette (42-19) advanced to face the loser of Saturday night's LSU-Sam Houston State contest at 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN3.com. Jackson State, who made its first NCAA regional appearance since 2000, concluded its season with a 34-22 record.
Leadoff hitter Dex Kjerstad set the tone, going 3-for-6 with three runs scored. Tyler Girouard, Chase Compton and Ryan Leonards each collected three hits.
Robichaux (9-2) scattered nine hits and allowed one run while walking one and striking out eight.
The Ragin' Cajuns erased a 1-0 deficit in the top of the fifth with four runs and followed with four more runs in the top of the eighth and a six-run ninth. After being held to four hits in an opening round loss to Sam Houston State, UL-Lafayette pounded out 19 hits.
Blake Trahan tied the game with a hard infield single that bounced off the first baseman and into foul territory. Girouard then deposited a double into the left field gap, plating two runs. Compton's RBI infield single capped the four-run fifth inning.
The Cajuns broke it open in the eighth culminating with Jace Conrad's bases loaded triple to the right field gap.
JSU starter Desmond Russell (3-1) was charged with the loss, allowing nine runs on 12 hits in 7.2 innings of work.
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