BOONE, North Carolina – Appalachian State’s Jason Cornatzer handcuffed the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for 6.1 innings as a pair of big innings helped the Mountaineers to a 9-4 victory in the series finale of Sun Belt conferences Sunday at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
Luke Drumheller went 4-for-5 at the plate as App State (15-26, 6-15 SBC) recorded singles on 13 of 14 hits while scoring three runs in the second inning and four in the eighth. Austin St. Laurent went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Jacob Whitley was 3 for 5 with a pair of RBIs as the Mountaineers snapped Louisiana’s five-game, eight-game winning streak on the SBC road.
Cornatzer (2-1) whipped up four batters and scattered five hits before Cameron Kepley and Cameron Carter pitched the final 2.2 innings.
Louisiana (25-17, 14-7 SBC), which went 5-2 on its seven-game road trip, trailed 4-0 after three innings before cutting the deficit in half in fourth on points produced by heather cowl and Julien Broc.
The Ragin’ Cajuns trailed 5-2 in the eighth when Carson Roccaforte started the inning with a home run on Kepley’s opposite court before Tyler Robertson double. Louisiana couldn’t close in the inning as Hood flew away, Kyle DeBarge knocked a player down to the mound and Brock fouled the first base line.
App State used a goal-laden walk to add to its lead in the bottom half of the eighth inning before a two-run single from St. Laurent and an RBI single from Whitley helped preserve the win.
Jeff Wilson (4-2) took the loss for Louisiana after scattering eight hits and allowing four runs in three innings. Roccaforte, Robertson and Hood each had two hits for Louisiana while Bobby Lada hit a solo home run in the ninth.
Louisiana will return home beginning Friday, May 6 when they host UT Arlington in a three-game series at ML “Tigue” Moore Field in Russo Park. The first game of the series begins Friday at 6 p.m., before resuming Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.