Comeback!! Three Run Ninth Propels Cajuns Past #22 Houston, 6-5
Brian Mills’ opposite field double was the game winner in a three run ninth inning as the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns used the dramatic to knock off #22 Houston 6-5 before 3,885 at M. L. “Tigue” Moore Field.
Mills’ game winner came with one out off reliever Kyle Dowdy, the fourth Cougars’ hurler of the inning. It scored Evan Powell with the game winner and made a winner of reliever Wyatt Marks (2-0.)
Reliever Taylor Cobb had shackled the Cajuns (17-13) from the fifth through the eighth innings but after Cobb retired Nick Thurman on a fly ball to open the ninth, Kyle Clement singled for his second hit of the night. Left handed reliever Aaron Fletcher walked pinch hitter Brenn Conrad and Powell greeted Aaron Garza (0-2) with a base hit on a 3-2 pitch to score Clement and send pinch runner Jam Williams to third. Blake Trahan reached on a safety squeeze and Williams scored when Garza’s throw to the plate was offline. Mills then followed with the game winner, setting off a celebration on the field.
Houston (21-12) touched Cajuns’ starter Will Bacon for three straight hits to open the game and take an early 1-0 lead. Marks retired the next two batters, but Rice singled home two more runs to give the Cougars a three run first inning.
Louisiana got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Trahan led off with a single, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. He moved to second base on a ground ball by Mills and scored on Tyler Girouard’s two out double into the gap in right center to get the Cajuns on the board.
Louisiana tied it in the fourth when Girouard singled with one out and Greg Davis hammered a pitch over the left field wall for his third homer of the season to even the score at three apiece.
The Cougars go the go ahead run in the sixth when Josh Vidales singled off Cajuns’ reliever Colton Lee and moved up on a pair of wild pitches. With one out Jacob Campbell walked and after Justin Montemayor popped up a bunt, Rice walked to load the bases. Reliever Chris Charpentier uncorked a wild pitch to score Vidales and Houston took a 4-3 lead.
The Cajuns blew an opportunity in the bottom of the inning when Girouard walked and Davis singled. Girouard was caught off second base on a missed bunt attempt and after Nick Thurman struck out, Clement doubled to right center, but Davis was thrown out at the plate to end the threat.
Houston got an insurance run in the ninth inning when Kyle Survance got an infield hit and was sacrificed to second. Survance stole third for his 20th steal of the season and scored on a sacrifice fly by Campbell to make it a 5-3 game and set the stage for the dramatic bottom of the ninth.
Trahan had three hits to pace the Cajuns’ twelve hit attack, with Girouard, Davis and Clement notching two hits each. Stefan Trosclair was 0-4, ending his twelve game hitting streak.
Survance had three hits for Houston, while Vidales and Rice had two hits each for the Cougars.
Louisiana is back in action Wednesday evening in Baton Rouge, taking on the Southern Jaguars in a makeup of a rained out game from earlier this season. Game time is 6pm from Lee-Hines Field.