Cajuns sweep Warhawks

MONROE — A nine-run third inning carried the UL-Lafayette baseball team to a 12-1 victory over ULM in seven innings Saturday night at Warhawk Field to complete a three-game sweep of the Warhawks.

Chase Compton posted two triples and led the charge for ULL (38-17, 19-11 Sun Belt Conference) with four RBIs one night after his grand slam broke a tie and gave the Cajuns the series victory.

The Ragin’ Cajuns collected their second sweep of ULM (18-36, 7-23) this season and fifth overall in 2013.

Louisiana returns to action Wednesday in the first round of the SBC tournament in a 7:30 p.m. game at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. ULL will be the No. 3 seed and face FIU.

The Cajuns wasted little time in putting the game out of reach, scoring in each of their first four at-bats.

Jace Conrad singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Harrison sacrifice fly in the first inning as the Cajuns took a 1-0 lead.

ULL added to the lead in the second when Compton tripled to score Michael Strentz who reached on a two-out single.

Conrad, Seth Harrison and Tyler Girouard singled in succession to open the third resulting in the Cajuns’ third run. ULM starter Shelby Aulds struggled to find his control, hitting the next two batters and then issuing a four-pitch walk to force home two more runs increasing the lead to 5-0.

Compton greeted reliever Tyler Bray with a triple deep into the right center field gap clearing the bases for an 8-0 edge. ULL added three more runs before Bray could close out the inning, with the lead at 11-0. The Cajuns’ final run came on a Strentz sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Justin Stawychn’s infield single delivered ULM’s only score in the sixth.

Plitt denied the Warhawks the chance of continuing the game by tossing a scoreless frame during his first full inning of relief in the seventh.

Wilson (4-4) got the start and worked past his scheduled load of three to four innings as he carried just 52 pitches into the fifth. He limited ULM to just two hits over his first five innings.

Aulds (4-8) was saddled with the loss, as eight runs were charged to him in 21⁄3 innings.

Dex Kjerstad extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games. Conrad collected his third three-hit game.

The Ragin’ Cajuns became the first team in the rivalry to sweep all six meetings in a season since the Sun Belt Conference paired geographic rivals for home-and-home series in league play in 2011.