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 (10-2).
“Anyone in that situation could have done it,” said a humble Girouard. “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 in the fifth, and are a win away from reaching the College World Series for the second time in program history.
Ellis 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.”
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco pointed to a plethora of Rebels mistakes that gave the Ragin’ Cajuns too many opportunities.
“I don’t want to take anything away from (Louisiana-Lafayette),” Bianco said. “They beat us, but I was disappointed we didn’t play better. We dropped a flyball and they score a run. We walk a guy, hit a guy, walk a guy to start the next inning and those three score. We balk a guy in.