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Coastal edged by Louisiana in Pitcher's Duel

Alex Cunningham had 11 strikeouts in loss. (WMBF Sports) Alex Cunningham had 11 strikeouts in loss. (WMBF Sports)

Story Courtesy of Coastal Carolina Athletics

CONWAY – A much anticipated pitchers’ duel lived up to the hype as the teams combined for just six hits and one run – a solo home run by the Ragin’ Cajuns in the second inning – as #26 Coastal Carolina was edged 1-0 by #20 Louisiana Friday night at Springs Brooks Stadium.

Louisiana improves to 18-12 overall and 7-3 in the Sun Belt, while Coastal Carolina falls to 19-11, 7-3. Game two of the series is set for 2 pm Saturday with the finale set for Sunday at 11 am.

The Ragin’ Cajuns scored what proved to be the game winner when Kennon Fontenot lifted a two-out, solo home run to right field.

That was about all the offense either team would muster as the top two pitchers in the Sun Belt – Louisiana’s Gunner Leger and Coastal’s Alex Cunningham – nearly matched each other pitch-for-pitch.

Leger improved to 6-1 on the year and lowered his season ERA to 1.09 as he tossed seven shutout innings. He allowed two hits and walked two while striking out two. Dylan Moore earned his seventh save of the season as he worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning with a strikeout. Wyatt Marks bridged the gap between the two and struck out two in the eighth.

Cunningham, the two-time reigning Sin Belt Pitcher of the Week, turned in yet another superb performance, but suffered his first loss of the season, dropping to 4-1. He only allowed three hits, one run and one walk with 11 strikeouts.

Over his last three outings, Cunningham is 2-1 and only allowed one run in 26 innings with nine hits, one run, 3 walks and 32 strikeouts. For the year, he has a 1.85 ERA and opponents are batting just .187 off the right-hander as he has 69 strikeouts against just 10 walks in 58.1 innings.

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