Chants drop series opener on road to Ragin’ Cajuns

Louisiana pitcher Collen Schmidt struck out nine and allowed one run over eight innings to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns (27-20, 13-9) to a 12-6 victory over #15 Coastal Carolina (31-15, 17-5) Friday night at Russo Park.

Schmidt improved to 6-0 as he scattered four hits and walked just one. In addition to Schmidt’s solid effort on the mound, four Ragin’ Cajuns had two hits each while Kennon Fontenot had four RBI, Garvin Bourgeois drove in three and Hunter Kasuls drove in three.

Louisiana raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. CCU designated hitter Zach Biermann got the Chants back in the game with a solo home run in the fourth. However, UL put the game away with five runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Chanticleers showed some fight by scoring five in the top of the ninth to make it a six-run game.

Zack Hopeck (4-4) suffered the loss as he allowed five hits and seven runs (six earned) in 4.1 innings.

Game two of the weekend series is set for 6 pm (CT)/7 pm (ET) on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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