LAFAYETTE, La. – The 14th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team saw its 2016 season come to an end Monday night as the Cajuns couldn't come back from an early deficit against Arizona falling 3-1 in a winner-take-all championship game at the Lafayette Regional hosted at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
With the loss, the Ragin' Cajuns finish the season with a 43-21 overall record capping the best four-year span in program history.
"We knew game two was probably going to be a dog fight, and it was," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "I give them credit. They have a good ballclub. Their starter did his job and got them through the middle innings. The lefty came in and didn't let the momentum of the game change. You have to tip your hat to those two guys. Our guys that came in matched them inning for inning. We just couldn't cut the deficit down.
"I'm proud of our guys. I am proud of the way that they fought all year to be able to get to this point."
Seniors Eric Carter, Stefan Trosclair and Kyle Clement were named to the all-tournament team for their performances at the Lafayette Regional.
Carter was exceptional in relief tossing five scoreless innings with five strikeouts, while Dylan Moore came on and got three straight outs in the ninth to keep the Cajuns within two runs.
Starter Wyatt Marks (5-7) took the loss for the Ragin' Cajuns after giving up three runs on six hits in two innings of work.
Kevin Ginkel (4-1) picked up the victory for Arizona (42-21) allowing just one run on four hits in 5.2 innings. Ginkel struck out two and walked three in the victory.
Reliever Cameron Ming notched his first save of the season tossing 3.1 scoreless frames to close out the ballgame. Ming struck out five with no free passes.
Cody Ramer, Zach Gibbons and Bobby Dalbec each had two hits on the night as the Wildcats outhit Louisiana 9-5. Clement led the Cajuns offensively going 2-for-3 with a home run.
For the second straight game, the Wildcats jumped out to an early advantage. Arizona picked up its first run on a throwing error by right fielder Steven Sensley allowing Gibbons to score from first base on a Ryan Aguilar double. Aguilar then scored on a Marks wild pitch to give the Wildcats a 2-0 edge.
Ramer increased the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second on an RBI single up the middle scoring Louis Boyd from second base.
In the top of the fourth, Clement cut the Arizona lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth when he drove a 3-1 pitch from Ginkel well over the fence in right field for his fourth homer of the year.
That would be as close as the Cajuns would get though as Ginkel and Ming would scatter three hits over the final five frames to seal the victory.
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