Spratling: On UL’s Harris, Young GSUAt The Ballpark
STATESBORO, Ga. — Hogan Harris was throwing gas.
In his first appearance since an oblique injury opening weekend, Louisiana’s lefthander was bringing some serious heat. Checking in as a reliever, Harris was able to let it loose a little bit. His fastball clocked in at 94-96 mph consistently in his first inning of work and popped the mitt with a 98 mph offering at least once.
Handed a 4-1 lead, he retired the first four batters he faced. But that’s when things swirled out of control for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Harris walked four batters, hit another, got little defensive support and gave up four runs in a 5-4 loss to Georgia Southern in the rubber match of the first Sun Belt series of the season.
It all began with a pitcher pinch-hitting. Georgia Southern sent Saturday starting pitcher Seth Shuman to the plate. Harris walked him on five pitches. He walked the next batter on four. Defensive replacement Zach LaFleur got spun around on a high fly ball that was carried over his head and into the right field corner by the stiff breeze. The ball bounced over the fence in foul territory at J.I. Clements Stadium for a ground rule double, scoring one run and putting the tying runs in scoring position.