Georgia Southern fends off UL-Lafayette 6-5 to even Sun Belt Conference series

Georgia Southern made a pair of three-run innings stand Saturday as the Eagles held on for a 6-5 win over Louisiana-Lafayette to even up their Sun Belt Conference baseball series at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.

The Eagles (31-16, 14-9) broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run sixth inning, keyed by Tyler Martin’s two-out, two-run single that gave the visitors a 6-3 lead.

UL-Lafayette (28-18-1, 14-8-1) got two runs back in the bottom of the inning on an error and Brenn Conrad’s RBI single before reliever Connor Simmons recorded the final out.

Georgia Southern closer Landon Hughes gave up a hit and a walk in the final two innings but stranded both runners in picking up his seventh save of the year.

Eagles starter Chase Cohen (4-3) gave up five hits and walked five in 5⅓ innings, but struck out 10. Cohen was also staked to a 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Steven Curry and a two-run homer by Ryan Cleveland in the third.

However, Steven Sensley tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third after a walk and a hit batsman, when he unloaded his ninth homer of the year over the left-field wall.

Colten Schmidt (1-1), making his first start and fourth appearance of the year after dealing with a shoulder injury, took the loss in allowing six hits and four runs in five innings.

The Cajuns also had a big loss injury-wise in the first inning when outfielder and leadoff hitter Ishmael Edwards suffered a fractured thumb while sliding into second on a stolen base. Edwards will likely miss the remainder of the season.

The teams will play the rubber game of their Sun Belt series at noon Sunday, with sophomore left-hander Hogan Harris (3-1) getting the start for UL-Lafayette against Eagles freshman right-hander Seth Shuman (4-0).