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LAFAYETTE, La. -- After defeating No. 2 seed Mississippi State 14-8 in a slugfest Sunday night, the Cajuns were reduced to seven hits, but got big pitching performances from starter Ryan Wilson and reliever Matt Plitt to hang on for a 5-3 win over the Bulldogs on Monday at Tigue Moore Field.
'Sadly, we've put our backs against the wall a few times this year,' UL second baseman and Regional MVP Jace Conrad said. 'It's kind of who we are to dig ourselves out of those holes. That experience of having to fight back and respond after losing a game or a tough game, whatever it is ... that came into play this entire weekend.'
The victory pushed UL to a 57-8 overall record and earned the program's third Super Regional appearance. The first one was a 2-1 series loss to Rice in the Astrodome in 1999, and the second one was the memorable 2-1 series win over No. 1 overall seed South Alabama in 2000.
UL will now host Ole Miss in the Super Regional at Tigue Moore Field this weekend.
The 2013 Super Regional schedule included four series that ran from Friday through Sunday and four series that ran Saturday through Monday. All eight Super Regional series are expected to be televised on one of the ESPN network of channels, as well as online at ESPN3.
With the two wins over Mississippi State this weekend, UL is now 5-1 against SEC teams this season. For the record, Ole Miss and Mississippi State split four games this season, while LSU defeated Ole Miss two of three in a weekend series.
The Cajuns own a 2-1 all-time record against Ole Miss, but none in recent memory. Ole Miss won 3-0 in 1968 and the Cajuns defeated the Rebels 3-0 in Lafayette in 1993 and 12-11 in Oxford in 1997.
Early on in the Lafayette Regional play, the Cajuns seemed to be falling into the trap that many other national seeds fell into during this postseason when they suffered a stunning 1-0 upset at the hands of Jackson State on Friday. But while the likes of No. 2 overall seed Florida, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Florida State didn't get out of Regional play, UL was able to outscore its next four opponents 39-14 the rest of the way to advance.