Burk, Schultz Stymie Jaguars as Cajuns Win Series, 4-1
Jack Burk and Jacob Schultz combined to hold South Alabama to a single run on Sunday and the Cajuns defeated the Jaguars 4-1 to win the weekend series.
Louisiana (19-20, 8-7 Sun Belt) got solo homers from Todd Lott, Orynn Veillon and Kole McKinnon and that was plenty as South Alabama could only muster a second inning run.
Burk (1-0) worked the first six innings, allowing five hits and one run. His only walk of the game was intentional and he struck out seven. Schultz hurled the final three innings, allowing three hits. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
The Jaguars (15-20, 5-10) got on the board first when Carter Perkins led off with a hit. After Felix Abourette popped up, Santi Mantiel doubled off the glove of Veillon, putting runners at second and third. Colton Thomas was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Dakota Dailey lofted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Perkins. But Burk got Michael Sandle on a fly ball to thwart further damage.
Lott's fourth homer of the season came with one out in the third inning and tied the game and the Cajuns untied it in the fourth. Veillon's eighth homer of the season was a monster shot over the scoreboard in left center and McKinnon followed with a blast down the left field line for his first homer of the season.
Louisiana added an insurance run in the eighth when Hayden Cantrelle singled and went to second on a ground ball by Hunter Kasuls. Lott then singled up the middle to score Cantrelle with the final run.
The Cajuns hit the road for their next five games, beginning Tuesday night when they face LSU in the annual Wally Pontiff Classic at the Shrine on Airline in New Orleans. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.