LAFAYETTE — After winning their Sun Belt Conference opener Wednesday on a game-ending homer, the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team hoped to keep the good times rolling with another win Thursday night on its home diamond.
Instead, rain and lightning made the Ragin’ Cajuns wait.
The third game of the Sun Belt tournament’s second day between No. 1 seed Troy and No. 4 seed Florida Atlantic was stopped Thursday with one out in the top of the ninth, and tournament officials made the decision about 90 minutes later to postpone the rest of the day’s action.
Third-seeded ULL, set to face No. 2 seed South Alabama in Thursday’s nightcap, will meet the Jaguars at 12:30 p.m. Friday instead. That follows the conclusion of the Troy-FAU game, which will resume at 11 a.m.
FAU and Troy were tied 1-1 with the Owls batting in the ninth when the first lightning strike in the area triggered a mandatory delay.
The loser of that game will return to face No. 8 seed Arkansas State in an elimination game at 4 p.m. Friday. The loser of the ULL-USA matchup plays No. 6 seed Florida International in another elimination game at 7:30 p.m.
ULL coach Tony Robichaux is expected to pitch his son, Austin, against South Alabama. The Jaguars are expected to go with Matt Bell.
The Cajuns rallied from four runs down to beat FIU in their opener Wednesday night, sealing the win on Jace Conrad’s three-run homer with one out in the ninth.
ARKANSAS STATE 10, WESTERN KENTUCKY 4: Arkansas State exploded in the middle innings, scoring four runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to eliminate Western Kentucky.
Ryan Roberts, Logan Uxa, Dustin Jones and Alex Potts all had multiple hits for the Red Wolves. John Koch pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to preserve the win for starter Bradley Wallace, who gave up four runs in 6.1 innings.
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 4, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 3: Edwin Rios drove in all four FIU runs, striking for one two-run homer in the first and then another in the sixth.
Arkansas-Little Rock flirted with a comeback in the ninth, but John Clark was thrown out trying to score on a Chris Burk single with one out. Mitchell Davis hung on to earn the save and send UALR out of the tournament without a win.