Louisiana-Lafayette and Wofford both picked up huge non-conference victories on Wednesday evening. The Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette picked up their victory over the third ranked LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. The Cajuns had a 9-3 lead after the fifth inning but the LSU Tigers made a great comeback to tie the game at 9 after eight innings. Scott Hawkins of Louisiana-Lafayette ended up leading off the ninth with a home run to left field to grab back the lead at 10-9. They were able to hold on for the victory. Wofford picked up a 16-8 victory over the 28th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. Wofford had 17 hits in the ballgame while being led by Kyle Behrendt who had three hits and five RBI.
Louisiana-Lafayette 10 #3 LSU 9
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Ragin’ Cajuns accomplished the near-impossible Wednesday night, knocking off the No. 3 LSU Tigers in a thrilling 10-9 game that finished much closer than it started. LSU mounted a six-run comeback after getting down 9-3 after the top of the fifth, but the Cajuns answered the tie with a ninth-inning home run from senior slugger Scott Hawkins.
The Cajuns had not defeated an opponent ranked so highly since a 3-2 victory over South Carolina in the Columbia, S.C., NCAA Super Regional in 2000. The Cajuns improve to 6-7-1 on the season while LSU falls to 11-3.
Scott Hawkins provided the night’s offensive highlight with the game-winning run on a leadoff blast over the left field bleachers in the ninth inning, just after LSU’s Sean Ochinko tied the game in the eighth with a two-run homer of his own. The home run was third of the game for the Cajuns, and the fourth overall in the game.
Wofford 16 #28 South Carolina 8
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Wofford College baseball team used a strong hitting performance to defeat South Carolina 16-8 on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium in Columbia. The Terriers out-hit the Gamecocks 17 to nine in the game as Wofford was led by Kyle Behrendt with five RBIs.
Wofford is 6-6 on the season and 1-2 in the Southern Conference. South Carolina is 10-2 overall and have not opened SEC play. The Terriers were led by Michael Gilmartin, Jake Williams, Kyle Behrendt and James Foster with three hits each. Behrendt had five RBIs while Williams and Doyle each had three. South Carolina was led by Justin Dalles with two hits and three RBIs.
In the top of the third, Alex Lee led off with a single. After a walk by Josh McKinney, Konstantine Diamaduros hit a long ball to right that was caught, but Lee was able to score on the play for a 1-0 lead. The Gamecocks answered in the bottom of the third when Scott Wingo singled, followed by a walk by Nick Ebert. Justin Dalles hit a home run to left center to clear the bases and take a 3-1 lead.