Cajuns, Little Rock Split Doubleheader
Ryan Clark homered twice and drove in seven runs to lead Little Rock to a 10-5 win over Louisiana Saturday and getting a split of their doubleheader Saturday at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
Louisiana got a grand slam home run and five RBI from Joe Robbins in the first game, leading the Cajuns to a 15-4 win before 4,158 fans.
GAME ONE--LOUISIANA 15, LITTLE ROCK 4--The Cajuns got three home runs in game one and ran out to a 10-1 lead after four innings in the first game rout. Little Rock scored in the top of the first on an RBI double by Dalton Thomas, but Brenn Conrad put the Cajuns (12-6, 3-1 Sun Belt) up for good with a two run homer to right field in the bottom of the inning. Brian Mills' homer off starter Dylan Slaton (0-1) made it 4-1 in the third and the Cajuns then sent eleven men to the plate in the fourth inning. Alex Pinero singled with one out and went to third on a double by Ishmael Edwards. Nick Thurman had a two run single and, after Derek Herrington and Conrad were hit by pitches, Robbins belted a shot off the scoreboard for the slam that made the score 10-1 after four innings. Louisiana added two more runs in the sixth on a two run double by Steven Sensley to give the Cajuns a 12-1 bulge. Little Rock got a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh, but the Cajuns came back on an RBI double by Herrington, a run scoring double by Conrad and a sacrifice fly by Robbins to cap Lousiana's scoring.
Gunner Leger (2-1) worked the first six innings for the Cajuns, giving up just one run on three hits He walked one and struck out seven. Will Bacon gave up one earned run in his three innings of work.
GAME TWO--LITTLE ROCK 10, LOUISIANA 5--The Trojans (7-11, 1-4) jumped on Cajuns' starter Wyatt Marks in the first inning when Hunter Owens drew a leadoff walk and Scott, who game into the doubleheader leading the nation in hitting, belted his first home run down the line in right to stake Little Rock to a 2-0 lead, and the Trojans added a third run on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Knight. The Cajuns got two runs back on Robbins' second homer of the game, but Scott's two run double off reliever Jevin Huval in the second inning got those runs right back. Little Rock added two more runs in the fourth inning as Huval gave up three straight hits in the fourth and Scott hammered his second homer of the game on a 3-0 pitch from reliever Chris Charpentier in the fifth, a three run shot that ended Little Rock's scoring.
The Cajuns were quiet until the ninth when Nick Thurman scored on a wild pitch and Kennon Fontenot hit his first career home run, a two run shot to the opposite field to close the scoring.
Cory Malcolm pitched five innings, giving up two runs in getting his first win of the year against three losses. Marks (2-2) took the loss, giving up five runs in 1.1 innings.
The two teams combined for 34 runs, 46 hits, 19 extra base hits and seven homers in the two games.
The two teams will play the rubber game of their series Sunday at 1pm.