Cajuns Ninth Inning Rally Trips Nicholls 5-4
Nick Thurman's two out bases loaded single in the ninth inning tied the game and a bobble in center field allowed the winning run to score as Louisiana rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to defeat Nicholls State 5-4 at Ray E. Didier Field in Thibodaux Tuesday night.
Joe Robbins laid down a one out bunt single in the ninth against Nicholls reliever Robbie Petty (1-1) and went to second on Brian Mills' single to right. Brad Antchak then grounded a single between first and second to load the bases. Stefan Trosclair struck out for the second out of the inning, but Nick Thurman then laced a single up the middle to plate Robbins and Mills, with Antchak scoring the winning run when center fielder Quade Smith bobbled the ball.
Reagan Bazar (1-0) the sixth Cajun pitcher got the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Dylan Moore retired the Colonels in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
"We missed some opportunities in the early innings and didn't get the clutch hit early," UL head coach Tony Robichaux said. "But we hung in there and got the critical hit at the critical time. Our bullpen really did a good job holding them and giving us a chance to come back."
The Cajuns (16-9) got on the board in the second inning when Antchak walked and scored when Trosclair's sacrifice bunt was thrown into right field. The Cajuns, however, left runners in scoring position four times in the first five innings and that allowed the Colonels (10-15) to come back. Dylan Manichia doubled to lead off the third against Cauns' starter Evan Guillory and later scored on Smith's grounder to tie the game at one apiece. The Colonels got two more in the third inning when Alex Shermer led off with a triple and scored when Alex Pinero booted a ground ball at first base on a ball hit by Gavin Wehby. Wehby scored on Trevor Flynn's single to make the score 3-1.
The Colonels got another run off reliever Nick Zaunbrecher in the fifth inning when Smith doubled and scored on Kyle Knauth's single. But Chris Charpentier came in and got Wehby on a sacrifice and got out of the inning when Flynn flied into a double play with Mills throwing out a runner at the plate for the second time in three games.
The Cajuns got a run back in the sixth when Trosclair belted his third home run of the year off reliever Alex Ernestine but left the bases loaded later in the inning. Louisiana stranded 12 base runners in the contest.
"We're learning how to win on the road," Robichaux said, "and with this stretch coming up, that's good. Hopefully we can carry this to Jonesboro with us this weekend."
Guillory worked the first four innings, giving up five hits and three runs, two earned. He waled one and struck out four. Charpentier, Logan Stoelke, Will Bacon, Bazar and Moore kept the Colonels off the scoreboard down the stretch.
Mills, Robbins and Trosclair paced the ten hit Cajun attack with two hits apiece, while Flynn, Alex Tucker and Manichia each had two hits for the Colonels.
The Cajuns will meet Arkansas State Friday night in the first of a three game Sun Belt series. Game time Friday will be at 6pm.