The Grind-Southeastern Showdown [VIDEO]
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns have an entire week out of conference, against in-state opponents. Before we head out to Hammond for Southeastern, last week's action requires some attention.
There would have been five games to break down in this week's episode, but the weather decided to postpone Wednesday's game against UNO. They still capitalized on their four opportunities for three wins, and they almost had the clean sweep.
The trip to Georgia was another series win in Sun Belt play, and they had to work for their wins.
Georgia Southern took the Cajuns to ten innings in game number one, but once the bullpen took over for Gunner Leger in the 8th, the game was over. After Gunner held GSU to only two runs, Hogan Harris and Jevin Huval got the game to Dylan Moore, who picked up his third win of the season when the Cajuns broke out for four runs in the tenth. D-Mo got the win, but Gunner did some heavy lifting on Friday.
Head Coach Tony Robichaux Robe thought the Cajuns had game two, but Georgia Southern got the better end of a tight one. Wyatt Marks and Eric Carter combined to strike out 11 batters, but they didn't get enough run support in a 2-3 loss. Then things got wild on Sunday.
It was "circus baseball," as Robe described it. Both teams combined for 20 hits and five errors, and it looked like Georgia Southern had the Cajuns cornered, down 7-9, heading into the eighth inning. Brian Mills came through with a grand slam, his second homer of the day, then Brenn Conrad finished things with a double for the 13-9 victory. Want to guess who picked up the win? It was D-Mo, again.
In the midweek, Tulane was treated to "The Joe Robbins Experience." Four RBI on three hits, including a home run to start the scoring, led the Cajuns to a 9-2 win, and Brian Mills clocked two more doubles and three more RBI to add onto his hot streak. Evan Guillory evened out his record at 3-3 with the win, and Eric Carter blew Tulane away in the final two innings with five strikeouts.
The bullpen made a strong argument for Grinders of the Week (D-Mo, Carter), but I had to give it to Brian Mills. Come on, the guy has five hits and nine RBI in his last THREE GAMES. His grand slam on Sunday was a climactic moment in a conference series, which definitely gets him the nod.
Will Mills get the start all weekend against Southeastern? We'll see. Robe, you tricky, tricky man...
First off, let's get the schedule straight. Game One against Southeastern will be played at M.L. Tigue Moore Field, and the remaining two will take place in Hammond. They set this up a long time ago, so just accept it, as weird as it may be.
It may be a non-conference series, but it's a whopper. The Lions are 25-9, and their RPI (59) will definitely help out the Cajuns if they come out with a series win. That won't be easy though. Southeastern only lost one series all season long. The Cajuns' conference mates, Troy, were the only ones to accomplish the task this year, so maybe Tony Robichaux can take some notes away from their three games in Hammond.
Southeastern has a solid pitching staff, from top to bottom. They have three bonafide shutdown starters (Kyle Cedotal, Domenick Carlini, Ma Scelorer), several different bullpen options and two legit closers (Kade Granier, Drew Avans). With a team ERA of 2.32 (opponents hitting .212), the Cajuns should expect some pitching duels.
To go along with solid pitching, the Lions have possibly the best hitter in the state of Louisiana.
Jameson Fisher is hitting .477 (not a typo) with 40 RBI's and 85 total bases in a little over 100 at bats. He leads the team in pretty much every offensive category, and his 8 HR's are a testament to the pop in his bat. He is NOT the man the Cajun pitching staff wants to mess with. They might have to give him some free bases this weekend to avoid serious damage.
With all that info in your head, your now ready to cheer on your beloved Cajuns. Get Game One at M.L. Tigue Moore Field, then hit the road and bring back a series win. Easier said then done, but they call it "The Grind" for a reason.