CHAMPIONS! – Cajuns Beat ULM to Earn #1 Seed
One more memory for the "old" M. L. "Tigue' Moore Field.
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns completed a three game sweep over UL Monroe with a 6-2 win, and, combined with Troy's 8-0 win over South Alabama, earned the Cajuns a piece of the Sun Belt Conference Championship and the #1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
"What makes this so special is the way these guys kept bouncing back after losses," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "They just wouldn't accept losing. It's special to reward our fans who have come out in droves this season."
Evan Guillory (5-5) and Chris Charpentier combined to hold ULM (20-35, 10-20 Sun Belt) to just six hits in the win. Guillory worked the first seven innings, allowing just four hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts. Charpentier gave up two hits with a pair of strikeouts over the final two innings.
"Evan was really good," Robichaux said. "He made one bad pitch but gave us exactly what we needed today."
The Cajuns (37-19, 21-9) got on the board against ULM starter Trey Auger (1-3) in the first inning when Kyle Clement singled with two out, stole second and came home on Stefan Trosclair's single.
The score stayed 1-0 until the fifth when Guillory issued a leadoff walk to Spencer Hemphill and, after a sacrifice bunt, Danny Springer unloaded a two run homer to left to give the Warhawks a 2-1 lead.
The lead didn't last long.
In the bottom of the inning, Nick Thurman doubled with one out and was singled home by Alex Pinero to tie the game. After Brian Mills lined to right, reliever Josh Leone walked Joe Robbins and Clement doubled to right-center to score both runners and give the Cajuns a 4-2 lead. Trosclair then launched a mammoth homer down the line in left for the final margin.
Seniors Clement, Trosclair and Thurman each had two hits to pace the Cajuns nine hit attack. Those three, along with pitchers Eric Carter, Will Bacon and Nick Zaunbrecher along with Mills and outfielder Derek Herrington, were honored in ceremonies before the game. Zaunbrecher, Clement and Carter, along with former pitcher Greg Milhorn, were presented their degrees at home plate before the game by UL President Dr. Joseph Savoie.
The Cajuns will now begin the quest for a conference record third straight tournament title when they meed #8 seed Arkansas State in their first game of the Sun Belt Tournament this Wednesday at Bobcat Ballpark in San Marcos, TX. #3 Little Rock and #6 Georgia Southern will meet in the day's first game at 9:00am, followed by #2 South Alabama and #7 UT Arlington. Host #5 Texas State will meet #4 Troy at 4 pm.