Trosclair’s Bomb Leads Cajuns Past Owls, 4-2
Welcome back Stefan Trosclair.
The Cajuns' pre-season All-American, mired in a 3-23 slump entering the game, belted a two run homer off the foul pole in left field in the eighth inning, leading the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns to a 4-2 win in the Shriners Hospitals Childrens' College Classic Sunday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Brenn Conrad reached on a one out error in the inning, and Trosclair hammered the first pitch from Blake Fox (0-2) high off the foul pole for the game winner.
"That's him," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "He (Trosclair) watches patterns throughout the game. He went up there looking for a changeup and he got it."
Nick Lee (1-0) gave up a pair of runs in the second inning but dominated afterward, allowing just four hits through seven innings. He walked two and struck out five, throwing 90 pitches.
Jevin Huval pitched the final two innings for his first save of the season.
The Cajuns (4-3) got on the board first when Joe Robbins led off the game with a double and moved to third on Conrad's sacrifice. He scored on Trosclair's ground ball to give the Cajuns an early 1-0 lead.
But Rice (3-5) took the lead against Lee in the second when Ford Proctor led off with a single and scored on a double by Dane Wunderlich. One out later, Cody Staab delivered Wunderlich with a double of his own to stake the Owls to a 2-1 lead.
But that would be all the Owls would get off Lee, who gave up just a fourth inning single the rest of the way
"The big thing I was proud of was he (Lee) didn't run when he got hit early," Robichaux said. "He was behind in counts, but then got his breaking ball and change over for strikes and that set up his fastball."
The Cajuns tied the game in the fifth when Brian Mills reached on a force play. stole second and scored on Robbins' single on a 3-2 pitch.
"We would have loved to have gotten two (wins) this weekend," Robichaux said. "I think Trosclair back at second and moving Joe (Robbins) to short gave us a veteran infield that played with some arrogance."
The Cajuns are back in action Tuesday night when they host the University of New Orleans at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field.