Cajuns split series with Stony Brook
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday with Stony Brook to take its home opening series at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.
falling in the first game 4-1, but battled back to win 2-1 in the rubber match
In the first game Friday night, the Cajuns used a four-run sixth inning to beat Stony Brook 7-3.
Sophomore Riley Cooper earned his first career victory throwing 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. Starter Evan Guillory registered a no-decision after leaving the game in the fifth having given up three runs on three hits with two walks.
Stony Brook jumped out to a 1-0 edge in the top of the first plating a run on a triple to deep center by Casey Baker.
Stony Brook extended the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth on a RBI ground out by Jack Parenty and a single to right by Robert Chavarria.
The Cajuns answered in the bottom half of the fifth scoring three runs on three hits to even the contest at 3-all. Trosclair pushed across the first two runs of the inning as he sent a double down the left field line on the first pitch he saw. In the next at bat, Greg Davis drove a line drive single into left to score Trosclair to tie the game.
Louisiana exploded for four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth to complete the comeback. Robbins scored the first run of the inning coming home on a ground ball hit to second by Tyler Girouard with the infield in. In the next at bat, Nick Thurman roped a pinch-hit triple into the gap in left center to bring home two more runs to give the Cajuns a 6-3 edge. Blake Trahan capped the scoring in the inning as he brought Thurman home on a sac fly to deep right center.
With the victory in the second game of the doubleheader Saturday, head coach Tony Robichaux moves one win away from claiming his 1,000th career victory as he has compiled a 999-649-1 record in 29 seasons.
In game one, sophomore starter Chris Charpentier was tabbed with his second loss of the season after surrendering three runs (two earned) on three hits in two innings with three walks.
Stony Brook’s Daniel Zamora was the winner in the afternoon contest limiting the Cajuns to just one run on four hits in six innings while striking out seven. Edwin Corniel was the losing pitcher of record in the nightcap giving up the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth to fall to 0-1 on the year.
Stony Brook scored three runs in the third inning and one in the fourth to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first game.
In the second game, the Ragin’ Cajuns took their first lead of the day on an RBI single to left center by catcher Nick Thurman scoring Greg Davis from second. Davis reached a fielder choice and then stole second.
Stony Brook evened the contest in the top of the sixth on a RBI single to right by Robert Chavarria scoring Jeremy Giles from third.
The Seawolves threatened in the top of the seventh putting runners on second and third with two outs, but Milhorn got Giles to ground out to third to end the inning and keep the contest tied.
Tyler Girouard came through with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth as he roped a single up the middle to plate the speedy Mills from second. Mills walked to leadoff the inning and then moved to second on a sac bunt by Blake Trahan.
The Cajuns will head to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend to face the Alabama Crimson Tide in a three-game series.