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Cajuns End State's Season With 5-3 Final

LAFAYETTE – It wasn't much of a hope. But for a senior in the last at-bat of his last college game slender hope was all Brett Pirtle had there, dashing for first base after swinging and missing on 2-2. "Hopefully he's going to make an error, there's a chance of that happening. I was hoping he'd hit me in the back of the helmet or something. But it didn't happen."

It did not. Louisiana-Lafayette catcher Michael Strentz made the throw on target to officially end the 5-3 victory and take the Lafayette Regional championship. The host and #6 national seed Ragin' Cajuns, coming through the losers bracket with four straight wins including consecutive contests with the Bulldogs, advance to the NCAA Tournament's super regional round. Mississippi State finished...

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