Cajuns’ Pitchers Dominate Texas State, 1-0
Saturday night the Texas State Bobcats defeated the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns on a bases loaded walk.
On Sunday the favor was returned.
Steven Sensley walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and three Cajuns' pitchers combined on a four hit shutout as Louisiana beat the Bobcats 1-0 Sunday afternoon at "Tigue" Moore Field in front of 4,278 fans.
"Pitching and defense," head coach Tony Robichaux said after the game. "If you do both, you have a great chance to win. We didn't do anything offensively, but we didn't swing at bad pitches in the seventh inning and I think the game rewarded us."
After Jonathan Hennigan blanked the Cajuns (27-13, 12-6 Sun Belt) through the first six innings, reliever Anthony Pagano (0-1) got the first two hitters, but then walked Stefan Trosclair and Kyle Clement. Quinn Atwood was called upon and walked pinch hitter Hunter Kasuls, and reliever Chase Hodson walked Steven Sensley on four pitches to force home the only run of the contest.
Freshman Nick Lee matched Hennigan on the mound, allowing just two hits in six innings of work. He walked three and struck out eight. Reliever Eric Carter (2-0) allowed a one out single in the seventh but got Luke Sherley to ground into a double play. Dylan Moore came on and struck out three in the final two innings for his tenth save of the season.
"He's really good," Robichaux said of Moore, who lowered his ERA to 0.59 with his two scoreless innings. He's so deceptive one time through the order and he comes into the game with the mindset that you're out."
Lee was only in trouble in the fourth inning when he walked Granger Studdard with one out. Hanner Hill followed with a single and Ryan Newman walked to load the bases. But Lee struck out Dylan Paul and got Sherley to fly out to right field to end the threat.
The Cajuns managed just three hits in the contest. Dylon Poncho doubled with one out in the second inning but was stranded, and Trosclair and Clement had back to back singles with two out in the fifth but were unable to score. The Cajuns stranded ten base runners in the game while Texas State (22-19, 10-8) left five on base.
The Cajuns head to Hattiesburg on Tuesday for a non conference affair with Southern MIssissippi. Game time is scheduled for 6pm.