BOONE, North Carolina – Austin Perrin and Dylan Theut combined to allow one hit and nine batters over the final 6.2 innings and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball team batted 18 hits to claim a 12-7 victory over the Appalachian State during a Sun Belt Conference game Saturday at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
Kyle DeBarge and Julian Brock each homered while Brock and Max Marusak each had three hits as Louisiana (25-16, 14-6 SBC) won its fifth straight game and scored in the first five innings to take an 11-7 lead.
With the forecast for rain in the Boone area starting Sunday afternoon, the final game of the three-game series is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT). Fans can tune in to the game in the Lafayette area on KPEL-FM (96.5), the Varsity Network and the #GeauxCajuns app. Live stats will be available at CajunStats.com.
Louisiana scored four runs in the first inning as Marusak, Tyler Robertson and Heath Hood made runs before DeBarge hit his third homer of the season against App State starter Trey Tujetsch (3-4).
Marusak, who went 3 for 6 with a pair of doubles and three stolen bases for the Ragin’ Cajuns, led Will Veillon with an RBI double in the second before stealing the third and scoring on one of the Mountaineers’ six errors in the game. Robertson, who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, gave Louisiana a 7-1 lead after doubling the left field line.
App State (14-26, 5-15 SBC) scored three times in the second and cut Louisiana’s lead to 8-7 in the third after Dylan Rogers scored a two-run brace to chase down starter Jacob Schultz after 2.1 innings.
Perrin (1-0), making his first appearance since April 14, came in and sent Alex Reed flying before fanning RJ Johnson to end the threat. The southpaw, who picked up his first win since March 28, 2021, against Coastal Carolina, whipped five batters for a season-high 4.2 innings and allowed a Jacob Whitley single in the fifth.
Marusak gave Louisiana a 9-7 lead in the fourth when he started with a brace and scored on Robertson’s outfielder pick before the Ragin’ Cajuns scored twice on a pair of errors in the fifth .
Connor Kimple added a two-out single to the right in the seventh to lead Warner Rincones, who reached a two-out single before stealing the second.
Theut pitched the final 2.0 innings of no-hitter relief for Louisiana with four strikeouts.
Jeff Wilson (4-1, 3.50 ERA) will start on the mound for Louisiana in Sunday’s final while App State will counter with right-hander Jason Cornatzer (1-1, 6.17 ERA).
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