Lafleur’s Clutch Hit Gives Cajuns 4-3 Win
Zach Lafleur's single to right field with one out in the ninth inning drove in the winning run as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns defeated the Troy Trojans 4-3 to salvage the third game of their weekend series.
Freshman pinch hitter Luke Coker led off the ninth with a base hit to left field off Troy closer C. J. Carter (3-2). Gavin Bourgeois sacrificed pinch runner Marco Ramos to second base and Lafleur followed with a ground single through the right side and Ramos beat Joey Denison's throw to the plate, touching off a celebration at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Logan Stoelke (2-0) allowed one hit over two innings of relief to get the win for the Cajuns after starter Colten Schmidt turned in another quality start.
Troy (16-8, 3-3 Sun Belt) got on the board in the first inning when Matt Sanders led off with a double inside the third base bag and scored on Denison's sacrifice fly. But the Cajuns (10-13, 2-4) got a pair of unearned runs in the second when Tyler Stover led off with a walk. Hayden Cantrelle's bunt was bobbled by Troy starter Max Newton, who then threw Kole McKinnon's bunt down the right field line, scoring Stover. Jonathan Windham's grounder scored Cantrelle and the Cajuns had a 2-1 lead.
Troy tied it in the fifth when Mason Rogers led off with a double and Sanders brought him home with a two bagger, but the Cajuns got the run right back in the bottom of the inning when Bourgeois was hit by a pitch and stole second. Lafleur bunted him to third and the run scored on Kennon Fontenot's RBI bunt single.
But in the eighth, Brandon Lockridge reached on Windham's two base error, which ended Schmidt's day. Stoelke came on and got a lineout and a strikeout, but Drew Frederick doubled to left to tie the game, setting the stage for the ninth inning dramatics.
The Cajuns now embark on a six game road swing beginning Tuesday in Metairie when they take on LSU in the annual Wally Pontiff Baseball Classic at the Shrine on Airline. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00.