No. 9 Baseball Falls to UL-Lafayette, 11-5

LSU's Mason Katz (right) celebrates a home run
LSU's Mason Katz (right) celebrates a home run
Hilary Scheinuk
Jesse Delerno
Jesse Delerno

BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana-Lafayette shortstop Greg Fontenot delivered four hits and two RBI, and designated hitter Mike Petello blasted a two-run homer and drove in three to lead the Rajun' Cajuns past No. 9 LSU, 11-5, Tuesday night in Alex Box Stadium.

Nine different Rajun' Cajun players collected a hit as UL-Lafayette (10-10) erupted for 15 total on the night. LSU fell to 16-5 with the loss.

UL-Lafayette right-hander Joey Satriano (1-1) picked up his first victory of the season after hurling 4.1 innings in relief and allowing only two hits. LSU right-hander Joe Broussard (0-1) was charged with the loss as the freshman surrendered three earned runs off three hits and three walks in three innings.

Designated hitter Raph Rhymes led the Tigers at the plate, batting 3-for-5 with an RBI. Right fielder Mason Katz launched his second homer of the season on a solo shot in the second inning, and first baseman Mike Lowery contributed a pair of RBI on a two-run double.

"We had a good practice yesterday, and we were ready for this game," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, "but ULL just completely outplayed us. They strung together the hits they needed in that big fifth inning, and our hitting was just too sporadic. Give credit to ULL - they have a very good club and they played very well tonight.

"We have to move forward now and focus on a very talented opponent this weekend in Georgia."

UL-Lafayette scored an early run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead when Petello lined an RBI single to left, and the Rajun' Cajuns added another run in the second with an RBI single from center fielder Alex Fuselier to go up, 2-0.

Katz cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second with his solo dinger to left center field.

The Ragin' Cajuns came right back with another run in the third to go ahead, 3-1. Right fielder Daniel Nichols drove in Petello on an RBI grounder to short.

The Tigers tied it up at 3-3 in the 4th after left fielder Trey Watkins and Rhymes each provided RBI base hits.

However, UL-Lafayette struck back with a big fifth inning, scoring six runs to retake a 9-3 lead. Catcher Chris Sinclair, Bourque, Fontenot and second baseman Jordan Poirrier each plated runs during the frame.

A two-run double from Lowery reduced UL-Lafayette's lead to 9-5 through five innings, but the Rajun' Cajuns extended their lead to 11-5 in the eighth when Petello connected on a two-run shot to left.

Satriano kept the Tigers off the scoreboard in the final four innings of the game to preserve the victory for the Ragin' Cajuns.

LSU will make its first Southeastern Conference road trip of the season this weekend when the Tigers travel to Athens, Ga., to take on Georgia. Game 1 will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Louisiana-Lafayette 11, LSU 5 (Mar 22, 2011 at Baton Rouge, La.)

Louisiana-Lafayette. 111 060 020  - 11 15  0      (10-10)
LSU........................ 010 220 000  -  5 11  1       (16-5)

Pitchers: Louisiana-Lafayette - Zimmermann, Joe; Satriano, Joey(5) and Sinclair, Chris.
LSU -Tyler Jones; Joe Broussard(2); Samuel Peterson(5); Jimmy Dykstra(5); Matty Ott(8);
Nick Rumbelow(9) and Ty Ross; Jordy Snikeris.
Win-Satriano, Joey(1-1)  Loss-Joe Broussard(0-1)  T-3:09  A-11004
HR ULL - Petello, Mike (1).
HR LSU - Mason Katz (2).
Actual Attendance: 6,747




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