WKU held to one hit in 2-1 loss

Kurt Carson

It’s hard to earn a victory when you’re held to just one hit the entire game, even when the pitching staff allows just two runs.

That’s exactly what happened to the Toppers on Sunday.

WKU’s (13-19, 5-7 Sun Belt Conference) lone hit was a solo home run from junior designated hitter Ryan Huck, and it wasn’t enough as the Toppers fell to Louisiana-Lafayette (15-16, 5-7) 2-1 in the rubber match at Moore Field in Lafayette, La.

Head Coach Matt Myers told WKU’s Big Red Radio Network his team just “can’t do that” in regards to recording only one hit.

“You can’t win games doing that,” Myers said. “We know they can pitch and, for the most part, I thought we out-pitched them.”

With a 1-1 tie going in to the bottom of the ninth inning, the Ragin’ Cajuns used a ninth-inning rally to defeat WKU and clinch the series victory.

With two outs ULL shortstop Ryan Leonards hit a ground ball to junior shortstop Steve Hodgins.

Leonards beat out Hodgins’ throw for an infield single to extend the inning. He then proceeded to steal second base.

Leonards led ULL’s offense in a 3-for-3 effort.

The Ragin’ Cajuns took advantage of what Myers said “should’ve been the last out” when center fielder Brian Bowman’s ground ball found a hole and escaped to the outfield grass.

Leonards rounded third base and beat senior right fielder Ryan Hutchison’s throw home for the winning run to give ULL a 2-1 walk-off win.

Junior left-hander Jordan Harrison started on the mound for the Ragin’ Cajuns and nearly shut out the Toppers in a complete game effort. Harrison allowed just one run on one hit while striking out 11 batters.

Myers said you simply have to “tip your hat” to the effort by Harrison on the mound.

However that didn’t keep him from criticizing his offense’s performance.

“It was an awful approach from us at the plate today,” Myers said.

The only run WKU could tack on came in the second inning on the solo home run by Huck that gave the Toppers an early 1-0 lead.

Junior right-hander Taylor Haydel started for WKU and pitched a solid five innings while allowing one run on six hits.

He also recorded a career-high seven strikeouts in his first start of the season — taking over in the rotation for the injured junior left-hander Tanner Perkins.

The Ragin’ Cajuns’ two runs came on an RBI single by designated hitter Tyler Frederick in the sixth inning and the winning run that would score in the bottom of the ninth.

WKU will be back in action this weekend as it resumes a road trip against Arkansas State at 6 p.m. on Friday in Jonesboro, Ark.