MTSU homers subdue Cajuns

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Trent Miller and Michael Adkins hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to give Middle Tennessee the lead for good as the Blue Raiders went on to a 9-3 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette and a three-game sweep of the Sun Belt Conference baseball series.

Caleb Adams’ three-run home run with two outs gave the Ragin’ Cajuns (17-6, 3-3 Sun Belt) a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning before Miller and Adkins went deep, ending a string of nine straight batters retired by Cody Boutte.

Adkins, 3-for-5, and Miller, 2-for-5, each had three RBIs for Middle Tennessee (15-10, 3-3)

Adkins had a two-run double to push the lead to 6-3 in the seventh.

An RBI double by Dain McNabb and a two-run single by Miller, sandwiched around a rain delay in the eighth inning gave the Blue Raiders a 9-3 lead in the eighth.

Zac Curtis (4-2) struck out nine and scattered five hits in 7.2 innings to lead Middle Tennessee.

ULL’s Cody Boutte (4-1) struck out five in 5.2 innings, yielding four runs (three earned).

Middle Tennessee took a 2-0 lead in the second on Robert Lawrence’s double that scored Adkins, who reached on a fielding error, and Jake Ellison’s triple to center field.