Robinson, four UL relievers team for shutout at McNeese

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LAKE CHARLES — UL beat 7-0 on Tuesday night at Joe Miller Ballpark here, marking the first time the Ragin' Cajuns have registered a shutout against the Cowboys since April 22, 2014.

It was the third shutout UL (8-9) has pitched this year. 

Starting pitchers Carter Robinson and Brody Strahan both tossed a quick first two innings, retiring two more than the minimum. 

UL pitching was excellent all night.

Robinson dazzled in his start, tossing five scoreless innings and fanning three batters in just 60 pitches, while Conor Angel, Luke Cronan, Colton Frank and Austin Bradford all made appearances out of the bullpen, combining for 4.0 scoreless frames in relief and sealing the victory. 

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UL pitcher Carter Robinson, who threw five scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over McNeese on Tuesday night, throws to first base during a series against Virginia Tech earlier this season.

The Cajuns opened the scoring in the third inning by plating three runs. Alex Hannie got on base and moved over to second on a throwing error before Jonathan Windham brought him home with an RBI single. 

Following the Windham single, Ben Fitzgerald blasted a two-out double to right-center field, scoring Connor Kimple and Windham to make it 3-0. 

UL added another run off the Cowboys’ new pitcher in the fourth inning when Brandon Talley laced a double to deep center field, scoring Hannie to put the Cajuns up 4-0.

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Nick Hagedorn roped a single in the top of the fifth inning and Fitzgerald blasted an opposite field home run to extend the UL lead to 6-0. After entering the game in a late-inning swap, Gavin Bourgeois pushed another runner across the plate on a fielder's choice, making it 7-0.

 Fitzgerald finished 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run and three RBI. 

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UL  will open Sun Belt Conference conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Coastal Carolina that opens Friday night on M.L. ’Tigue’ Moore Field at Russo Park.