Cajuns fall one game short of Omaha

Jeff Schneider
Photo by RaginCajuns.com.

The top-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team fell one win short of the program's second trip to the College World Series last night after a 10-4 loss to Ole Miss in the decisive game of the Lafayette Super Regional at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

The Cajuns (58-10) finish the season with the most wins in both program and Sun Belt history despite losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. Ole Miss (46-19) advances to Omaha this weekend.

"I want to give credit to Ole Miss and Mike [Bianco] for coming in and being able to be down one game and come back and win two straight," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "You have to give credit to them. There's no better feeling than when you get that last out to get to Omaha, and on the other side of it there's going to be a team that's not going to feel real good. I'm proud of our players, what they've accomplished this year, what they gave us this year as men. I just can't be any more proud of our guys, the way they fought, all season long, what they've accomplished, but you have to give credit where credit is due.

"Ole Miss pitched very well, they kept us from having big innings, and we didn't slow them down. We'd have a walk here and a base hit here, and we'd score one but we never could really stop the bleeding. Give them credit, they really turned us around in that last inning, and got the big inning, and that's the one thing we want to try to stay away from with them is the big inning; we never got the big inning tonight, and they got one, and they got one deep in the game, and that's what did us in."

Senior Cody Boutte (9-1) was handed his first loss of the season in the contest after giving up four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk in four innings.

Reliever Scott Weathersby picked up the victory for Ole Miss to move to 3-1 on the season, throwing two scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts.

Both Seth Harrison and Ryan Leonards had three hits in the contest as the Ragin' Cajuns outhit Ole Miss 10-9. Austin Anderson and Auston Bousfield each had two hits for the Rebels with Anderson driving in a game-high two runs.