Cajuns Beat Bearkats 6-2, Improve To 2-0
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns baseball team defeated the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Saturday by the score of 6-2, thanks in large part to some impressive pitching, defense and a 4 run 7th inning.
Sophomore Wyatt Marks (1-0) earned the win for Louisiana, throwing 6.1 innings, allowing only 3 hits and 1 run, fanning 8 Bearkat batters.
"He really had good command of his stuff (today)," said Cajuns head coach Tony Robichaux after the victory. "He was like a bulldog on the mound. He went after the hitters."
Marks was replaced in the 7th by his former high school teammate, now Cajun teammate, true freshmen Hogan Harris.
The young hurler consistenlty threw fast balls in the low 90s, striking out 2 batters, allowing 3 hits and a run in 2.2 innings of work.
"He was able to use his fast ball a lot once we got the 4 run lead," said Robichaux. "He did a nice job."
The crowd of 4,646 (6th highest in school history) was treated to several web gems.
In the field, Louisiana went error free, enjoying some impressive defensive plays by third baseman Joe Robbins.
Robbins also earned the first run of the game. Batting first for the Cajuns, he homered over the left field wall to begin the bottom of the 1rst, giving Louisiana a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Robbins was one of five Cajuns who finished with two hits. Kyle Clement, Nick Thurman, Ishmael Edwards and Steven Sensley all collected two hits apiece, with Sensely hitting a solo home run over the right field wall in the bottom of the 4th to give the Cajuns a 2-0 lead.
Sam Houston State scored their first run of the game in the top of the 7th on an RBI triple by Spence Rahm, but that was as close as the Bearktats would get.
Louisiana answered with 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th, batting around the entire lineup, enjoying RBIs from Brenn Conrad and Kyle Clement.
With the victory, the Cajuns improve to 2-0 on the season.
Tomorrow, they'll wrap up their season opening 3 game home series against Sam Houston State with a 1:00 first pitch.
Freshmen right hander Nick Lee will make his first collegiate appearance, starting for Louisiana. Sam Houston State plans to counter with right handed junior Cody Brown.
Pregame begins at 12:30 on News Talk 96.5 KPEL. Jay Walker has the call.