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Carson Baranik, Cajuns Continue Sun Belt Conference Dominance

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LAFAYETTE, La. – Junior right-hander Carson Baranik and two relievers combined to shut out the UALR Trojans and give the No. 3 Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns another Sun Belt Conference victory. The Cajuns’ conference dominance continues as they move to 32-4 on the year with a 12-1 record in the Sun Belt and a four game lead.

Baranik (8-0) hurled six scoreless innings allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six before turning the game over to the ULL bullpen.

Baranik combined with Chris Griffit (Sr., LHP) and Matt Plitt (Sr., RHP) for the shut out striking out 10 Trojans en route to stranding 14 baserunners on the night.

Junior designated hitter Evan Powell reached base four times in the game, going 2-for-2, hitting a solo home run and walking twice while scoring two runs. Dylan Butler (Jr., RF) went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI while seniors Ryan Leonards (3B) and Seth Harrison (CF) each contributed a couple of hits and a run scored each.

In spite of seeing their hitting streaks end, on base streaks continue for juniors Caleb Adams (LF/CF) and Jace Conrad (2B) who both reached base  and scored by drawing walks. Adams in the fifth to extend his streak to 30 games while Conrad repeated the feat in the seventh to push his mark to 26 games.

Sun Belt Conference Baseball Scores

South Alabama 5, Arkansas State 0

MOBILE, Ala. – Junior southpaw Locke St. John (4-1) dominated the Arkansas State Red Wolves pitching seven scoreless innings to lead South Alabama to a win in the series opener Friday night. St. John and junior righty Ben Taylor combined to four hit the Red Wolves. Matt Wojciechowski (Jr., C) went 2-for-4 with a two-run single as part of a three-run first inning to provide the offensive lift for the Jaguars.

Western Kentucky 5, Troy 4

TROY, Ala. – Senior righty Justin Hageman moves to 4-1 on the year and for the fourth consecutive week pitches well enough for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to take a series opener. Hageman allowed three earned runs with six strike outs over six innings pitched. Junior designated hitter Philip Diedrick smacked two solo homers on a three-hit night while Ian Thompkins (Jr., LHP) wrapped up his ninth save of the season.

Texas State 12, Louisiana Monroe 5

MONROE, La., – Freshman left fielder Granger Studdard hit a fourth inning grand slam as part of a 3-for-5 night as the Texas State Bobcats move back into a tie for second in the Sun Belt by defeating the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks in Friday’s series opener. Junior right-hander Austen Williams (5-1) would get the win for the Bobcats allowing two earned runs over six innings with five strike outs.

Georgia State 11, UT Arlington 10

ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia State Panther right fielder Chase Raffield (RSr.) went 3-for-5, hitting his ninth homer of the year, scoring two runs and driving in three in the game one victory over the UT Arlington Mavericks Friday night. The Panthers plated seven runs on three Maverick errors in the third and fourth innings. However, Georgia State would score three in the eighth to retake the lead that UTA had grabbed with a six-run sixth inning.

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Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC

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