Guillory, Marks Shut Down Arkansas State, 3-0
Freshmen Evan Guillory and Wyatt Marks combined on an eight hit shutout as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns defeated Arkansas State 3-0 to win their weekend series at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field before a crowd of 4,101.
Guillory (2-0) pitched the best game of his young career, working 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits. He walked one and struck out four, throwing a career high 106 pitches. Marks came on with two out and a man on in the seventh and got Jeremy Brown to fly out to Brian Mills in center field. Marks faced the minimum in the final two innings and struck out two to earn his first career save.
Louisiana (15-10, 7-4 Sun Belt) got the only run they would need in the third inning when Evan Powell hit the first pitch from David Owen (2-3) for a homer to left field. It was Powell's first AB since undergoing hand surgery. The Cajuns padded their lead in the fifth when Tyler Girouard got a one out single and went to second when Joe Robbins was hit by a pitch. Stefan Trosclair then doubled down the left field line to score both runners for the 3-0 margin.
Guillory worked out of trouble in the third inning after issuing back to back singles with one out. But Greg Davis snagged Matt Burgess' grounder and started a 3-6 1 double play to end the inning. Davis came through defensively again in the fifth when Arkansas State loaded the bases on three straight hits with one out. But Davis made a backhand stab of leading hitter Zach George's liner to start an unassisted double play.
Trosclair wound up with two of the Cajuns' five hits while Austin Baker collected three of the Red Wolves eight hits. After getting the leadoff man on in each of the first three innings, Arkansas State (11-14, 3-8) failed to get the first man on base over the final six innings.
The Cajuns will now travel to Metairie on Tuesday to take on LSU in the annual Wally Pontiff, Jr. Baseball Classic at Zephyr Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.