Duff Tittle | Posted: 24 Feb 2023 | Updated: 6 Mar 2023

Cougars lose pitching duel at Louisiana 

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2023 BSB Bryce Robison


LAFAYETTE, La. — BYU baseball lost a tough pitching duel, 2-1, Friday night in game three of a four-game series with Louisiana at M.L. Moore Field at Russo Park in Lafayette. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns, who advanced to the NCAA baseball regionals in 2022, improved to 5-1 on the season, while the Cougars dropped to 2-5. 

“Give credit to Louisiana tonight,” said BYU head coach Trent Pratt. “They made just enough plays to win. I thought our pitching staff was outstanding and gave us a real chance tonight.”

Game Summary
  • Louisiana scored two runs on five hits, while BYU had one run on three hits
  • Cougar pitchers Bryce Robison and Mason Olson combined for 14 strikeouts with just four walks. 

BYU Highlights
  • Ozzie Pratt: 1-2, BB
  • Austin Deming: 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Tate Gambill: 3 BB, Run
  • Bryce Robison: 6 IP, 3 Hits, 10 SO

Louisiana scored first with one out in the fourth inning on a solo home run to center field by catcher Julian Brock to take a 1-0 lead. 

BYU responded by tying the score at 1-1 in the top of the fifth with two walks, a Ragin’ Cajuns error and a single by shortstop Brock Watkins. 

The Cougars had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth but were unable to push across the go-ahead run with bases loaded. 

Brock finished off his heroic night by leading off the bottom of the ninth with a double to right center. Pinch hitter Caleb Stelly’s sac fly to right field with one out gave Louisiana the 2-1 victory. 

The final game of the four-game series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. CST and will be broadcast live on the BYU Radio App and BYU Radio 107.9 FM in the northern Utah market. Jason Shepherd will have the play-by-play. In addition, Louisiana will broadcast the game on ESPN+ with Dan McDonald and Brennan Breaux on the call. 


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