Cajuns Rally to Beat Privateers, 7-4
Freshman Dylon Poncho laced a two out single to cap a four run seventh inning as the #16 ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns rallied to defeat New Orleans 7-4 before 4,212 fans at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field Tuesday night.
Trailing 4-1, the Cajuns (5-3) began their rally when Ishmael Edwards homered to right center field. Joe Robbins followed with a homer of his own to left to get the Cajuns within a run. Reliever Ryan Leone (0-1) then hit Brenn Conrad with a pitch. After Stefan Trosclair flied out for the second out of the inning, Conrad stole second and came home on a single by Derek Herrington to tie the game. Pinch hitter Steven Sensley walked and Poncho delivered on a 3-2 pitch with a sharp single to left to cap the rally.
The Cajuns got two more off reliever Myles Blunt in the eighth when Robbins singled with two out, stole second and scored on Conrad's single. Conrad stole second and scored when Trosclair flared a triple down the line in right.
The win was a costly one for the Cajuns, as cleanup hitter and outfielder Kyle Clement had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch in the second inning. X-rays showed a broken bone and he'll be in a cast for a month. No surgery will be necessary.
WIll Bacon (1-0), the second of four Cajuns' pitchers, got the win after allowing six hits and two runs in four innings of work. Reagan Bazar pitched a scoreless eighth and Dylan Moore retired the side in the ninth with two strikeouts for his first save of the season
The Cajuns were outhit 10-9, but Louisiana turned five double plays to turn back more than one threat by the Privateers (6-1).
New Orleans got on the board against starter Hogan Harris in the first inning when Ryan Calloway and Sam Capielano singled and Dakota Dean walked to load the bases. Calloway scored when Harris got Aaron Palmer to hit into a double play. UNO got another run in the third on a double by Jay Robinson, a sacrifice and a grounder by Capielano.
UNO lefty Bryan Warzek stymied the Cajuns until the fifth inning when Alex Pinero reached on an error, Nick Thurman walked and Edwards loaded the bases with a bunt single. Robbins knocked in Pinero with a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 2-1. But Warzek avoided further damage by getting Conrad on a fly ball and Trosclair on a pop up.
The Privateers padded their lead against Bacon when Chaz Boyer reached on an infield single with one out and scored on a hit and run triple by Robinson. Robinson came home on Calloway's single to make the score 4-1.
Warzek was removed after giving up the back to back home runs, giving up four hits and three runs, two earned in 6.1 innings. He walked four and struck out six, throwing 114 pitches.
Louisiana is back in action Wednesday night when the Cajuns travel to Lake Charles to take on McNeese State. Evan Guillory (0-1) will get the start for Tony Robichaux's club.