Cajuns humble Ole Miss in Game 1Published 12:03am Sunday, June 8, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Dylan Butler and Tyler Girouard each hit home runs as Louisiana-Lafayette rolled past Ole Miss 9-5 in the opening game of their best-of-three super regional Saturday night.
Louisiana-Lafayette (58-8) scored five runs in the third inning, capped by Girouard’s three-run homer off Ole Miss (44-19) starter Chris Ellis.
Game 2 is tonight. If Ole Miss wins, the teams will play Game 3 on Monday.
“Anyone in that situation could have done it,” Girouard said. “It’s not just me or this other person. The whole team can do things like that in big situations.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns scored three more times in the fifth, and are a win away from reaching the College World Series for the second time in program history, and first trip to Omaha since 2000.
Ellis (10-2) appeared rattled when center fielder Auston Bousfield dropped a routine popup in the second inning that would have gotten the Rebels out of the inning. Instead, the error allowed a run to score.
“I was under it with my glove,” Bousfield said. “It just bounced out. I should have ended up with it.”
Ellis pitched just 2 2/3 innings in the loss, but said the error didn’t affect him.
“Those things happen,” Ellis said. “He’ll probably never do that again in his career. We had a two-run lead at that point. I just wasn’t throwing strikes and I got myself in a lot of trouble.”
Austin Robichaux (8-3) gave up three runs in the second inning, then settled in and gave up just two more while pitching through the seventh inning. Robichaux said he pitched with a huge amount of confidence after the five-run third that gave Louisiana-Lafayette a 6-3 lead.
“I don’t think I had my best stuff today,” Robichaux said. “That is the good thing about this team. I can pitch without with my best stuff and they can still win it for me.”
Ole Miss threatened in the ninth with two runners on and one out, but ULL reliever Matt Plitt got Will Allen to ground into a game-ending double play.
Ole Miss at Louisiana-Lafayette
Game 1: La.-Lafayette 9, Ole Miss 5
Game 2: Sunday, 8 p.m.
Game 3: Monday, 6 p.m. (if necessary)
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