LAFAYETTE – Behind Connor Cook’s complete game, two-hit shutout, cruised Louisiana to a 9-0 victory over Arkansas State, and managed the Sun Belt Conference series at ML ‘Tigue’ Moore Field at Russo Park on Saturday afternoon.
Cooke’s complete game, two-hit shutout, is the first throw of a Louisiana pot since Carson Baranik against Arkansas State on May 3, 2014, while the 12 strikes from Cooke tied for the second most among boxes that have thrown a two-hit complete. game stoppage in school history.
Louisiana (20-11, 7-1 SBC) collected nine hits on the day, eight of which came from eight starting players. CJ Willis was the only one who did not start recording a hit in the game, a three-run home run, his first as a Ragin ‘Cajun.
Tyler Robertson and Brett Borgogno also broke home runs, Robertson’s fifth season and Borgogno’s first as Cajun.
On Saturday, however, it was about Cooke, who cut up Arkansas State (8-16, 3-5 Sun Belt) and did not allow a hit until the seventh round.
Louisiana collected three races at the bottom of the second inning, one on a wild pitch and two on an 11-lane, two-out, two-run double from Connor Kimple.
From the third to sixth innings, Cooke went three up, three down and picked up six of his 12 strikes in that frame.
Ragin ‘Cajuns scored races in the fifth to eighth innings, mostly on the long balls of Robertson, Borgogno and Willis, giving them a 9-0 lead at the top of the ninth.
At his 122nd pitch, Cooke managed to get Tyler Duncan to field Kevin Fitzgerald, who switched to shortstop, to throw the 19th complete game, a two-hit shutout in the school’s history.
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