Wilson, Plitt Stymie Colonels; Cajuns Win Eighth Straight, 5-1
Ryan Wilson and Matt Plitt combined to throw a four hitter and #5 Louisiana broke open a tight game with five runs in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat the Nicholls State Colonels, 5-1 for their eighth straight win.
Louisiana (18-2) trailed 1-0 going into the sixth after Nicholls starter Mike Hanchar handcuffed the Cajuns on three hits through five innings. But the Cajuns got to the Nicholls bullpen in the sixth. With one out, Seth Harrison singled to right field off reliever Ryan Deemes (1-2). Caleb Adams then bounced a single up the middle to send Harrison to third. Pinch hitter Tyler Girouard was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chase Compton then pinch hit and delivered a two run single to put the Cajuns on top for good. Michael Strentz then added a sacrifice fly and the Cajuns took a 3-1 lead, to the delight of the 3,420 in attendance at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
That was enough to give Wilson (2-0) the win after the left hander gave up just three hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. Nicholls (10-11) got their only run in the third inning when David Zorn singled with one out and stole second. Phillip Lyons then delivered a two out single to center to give the Colonels the 1-0 lead.
Nicholls threatened in the top of the sixth when Tyler Duplantis reached on a three base error with one out. With the infield playing inn, Keith Cormier hit a ball into the hole that Trahan made a diving stop on, and threw from his knees to nail Duplantis at the plate.
The Cajuns added two more in the seventh off reliever John Satriano, as Dylan Butler led off with his second double of the game. Blake Trahan Walked and Ryan Leonards delivered Butler with a single. After Seth Harrison struck out, Adams delivered a suicide squeeze to score Trahan with the game's final run.
Plitt allowed a one out single to Lyons in the eighth inning, but that runner was quickly erased when Leo Vargas hit into a double play. Plitt retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his first save of the season.
Harrison, Adams and Butler combined for six of the Cajuns' nine hits in the game.
The two teams will play again Wednesday night at Ray Didier Field in Thibodaux.