Ragin’ Cajuns baseball concludes fall camp
The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team played their fourth annual Fall World Series this past weekend, and the Bayou Boys beat the Swampers in both games.
For the fourth straight season the squad was split into two teams, with the Bayou Boys and Swampers competing for the annual Omaha Cup. Teams will earn points throughout the fall for performance on and off the field.
The Bayou Boys beat the Swampers 5-4 in the first game thanks to Stefan Trosclair who hit a triple and a home run in his first two at bats. Gunner Leger was the starting pitcher for the Swampers while Nick Lee was the starter for the Bayou Boys. The Bayou Boys were up 5-1 after two innings, but the Swampers comeback fell just short in six innings of play.
The Bayou Boys won the second game 3-1 in eight innings and won the Fall World Series as well as the Omaha Cup. Going into the Fall World Series, the Bayou Boys were only ahead by 20 points. They received 100 points for winning game one, 150 points for winning game two and 200 points for winning the series. The final score between the two teams for fall camp was 3337.5 points for The Bayou Boys to the Swampers’ 2867.5 points.
The Fall World Series is the best chance for fans to get a glimpse of what the team will look like and get to know the new players. The Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team has 22 returning players but they also have 22 newcomers.
Trosclair, Leger and Brenn Conrad are among those players returning. Leger pitched during the first game of the Fall World Series and was also used as a designated hitter. Both Conrad and Trosclair performed well during the series. Kyle Clement is also a returning player and he hit a home run during the series.
Steven Sensley and Ryne Ray are among the 22 newcomers. Ray had a .386 batting average and hit six home runs in his senior season at Evangel before committing to the Ragin’ Cajuns. Sensley was drafted in the 38th round of the MLB draft but turned down the offer and decided to continue his college career. Sensley is a transfer from LSU-Eunice. During his time there, he hit 21 home runs and had 80 RBIs and he had a .374 batting average in one season.
The Cajuns have 21 pitchers on the roster, and the pitching depth will help the Cajuns throughout the long season.
The Cajuns will look to improve on their success from last season. The Cajuns have made it to the Super Regionals the last two seasons, but are wanting to get back to Omaha for the College World Series for the first time since 2000.
The baseball season will begin for the Cajuns when they host Sam Houston State Feb. 19-21 next year.