LAFAYETTE — McNeese State had its chances but couldn’t overcome an early Louisiana-Lafayette lead and dropped a 5-4 nonconference baseball game to the Cajuns on Wednesday.
The Cowboys (17-2) out-hit the Cajuns 11-10 and outscored them 3-1 over the last five innings but left two runners on base in the top of the ninth.
UL-Lafayette (19-21) had scored three runs in the second and one in both the fourth and sixth frames.
McNeese scored single runs in the third and sixth innings and two in the seventh.
Conner Lloyd had led of the third inning with a single, went to second on a passed ball, to third on a fly ball to center and he scored on a wild pitch.
In the sixth inning, Seth Granger singled, stole second and came home on Michael Sullivan’s second double of the game.
And, in the seventh, Sullivan doubled in Matt Henry and Reny Weber.
The Cowboys got no runners on base in the eighth inning but after two were out in the ninth, Henry singled (Tyler Klouser came on to run for him) and Granger single. But, Sullivan, who had rapped back to back doubles, ground out to end the game.
Cowboys starter Trey McGee took the loss, throwing six innings. He gave up eight hits and five runs, three earned. Tyler Parke pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits.
Henry led the Cowboys at the plate with three hits while Granger, Sullivan and Matt Williams had two each.
Austin Robichaux (1-4) got the win victory for the Cajuns, throwing the first three innings and giving up three hits and one run.