After satisfying sweep against Peacocks, baseball to head to Ruston
Four weeks into their season, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team is right where they want to be at 9-4 going into conference play this weekend against Appalachian State.
The season did not start off strong for the Cajuns, as they were 1-2 after the first week and were hitting an ice cold .151 as a team. Since then, the Cajuns have gone 8-2 and hit .302 as a team in that span of 10 games to raise their team batting average to .272.
The Cajuns have five hitters hitting over .300 on the season with senior first baseman leading the pack with a batting average of .404 and a team leading 11 RBIs.
The pitching has continued to be a bright spot for the Cajuns, who have a cumulative 2.48 ERA. The team is led by junior pitcher Gunner Leger, who has an ERA of 1.09 this season in 24.2 innings pitched. Junior Wyatt Marks is also dominating hitter, with an ERA of 0.61 in 14.2 innings with 23 strikeouts.
A week in review
The Cajuns are coming off a three-game sweep at home against the Peacocks from St. Peter’s university. The Cajuns outscored St. Peter’s 20-1 this weekend, while also out-hitting the Peacocks 42-8.
“We came out and played a total baseball game and eliminated who our opponent is and just worried about us. Our biggest goal this weekend was to go and handle up on us, and we did that,” said head coach Tony Robichaux.
Leger nearly perfect on Friday night
Junior pitcher Gunner Leger was brilliant on Friday night after a two-hour rain delay to start the game. Leger carried a perfect game into the eighth inning before hitting the leadoff batter. He took a no-hitter into the ninth and got the first two outs before pinch-hitter Brian Turton, who is a true freshman and was getting his first career collegiate at bat, blooped a single to center field.
Leger got a standing ovation from the Cajun crowd as he left the game in the ninth with two outs after striking out nine and only giving up the lone hit.
“Coach walked up and said, ‘I know you can finish this game, but I want you to get the standing O,’” said Leger. “It was fun to be a part of. I wanted to do it for them (his teammates), for Handsome and for these fans.”
Looking ahead to this week’s games
The Cajuns have a midweek matchup in Ruston on Wednesday night against Louisiana Tech before returning home to start conference play on Friday night against the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
The Bulldogs from Louisiana Tech are 13-2 on the season and have some good wins to their name as they won a midweek matchups against Arkansas and Mississippi State, while also sweeping a three-game weekend series on the road at Wichita State.
The Bulldogs are hitting .288 as a team and are lead by junior catcher Brent Diaz and senior infielder Jordan Washam who are both hitting over .400 on the season. Diaz has 20 RBIs already in the season, while the Bulldogs have 18 home runs as a team in only 15 games.
Appalachian State enters conference play with a record of 6-9 and have struggled to hit the ball early in the year. The Mountaineers are hitting woeful .193 as a team. Their pitching staff has been average with a team ERA of 3.98. Their Friday night pitcher is sophomore Colin Schmid, who holds a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings. The Saturday pitcher for the Mountaineers is junior Luke Watts, who has an ERA of 2.96 in 24-and-a-third innings.