Cajuns Baseball Baffled at Southeastern Louisiana
It was a tough night for the newly minted 20th ranked Cajuns bats and hurlers on Wednesday night out in Hammond as they fell 5-2 to Southeastern Louisiana.
For the hitters, despite youngster Hayden Cantrelle's first collegiate home-run and a two-out RBI double from O'Neal Lochridge, the Cajuns were only able to muster one other hit.
For the pitchers it wasn't a bad outing for Colten Schmidt as he scattered seven hits over 5 innings pitched and allowed only two runs but threw 84 pitches. That was enough to keep UL in the ball game but his replacement, Austin Perrin faltered in the 6th as he hung a change-up to Southeastern catcher, Daniel Wasinger. He launched that said hung change-up for a two-run home-run off the scoreboard to give the Lions a 4-2 lead.
The Lions were able to tack on one more run in the bottom of the eighth, to give them the eventual 5-2 winning score.
The Ragin' Cajuns didn't go quietly in the ninth however, Tyler Stover drew a walk, Lochridge reached on an error, and then Kennon Fontenot drove one to the warning track in right field but it came up just short....
Southeastern Louisiana's starting pitcher Carlisle Keestler stifled UL through 8.1 innings allowing just three hits, two runs, struck out 11, and walked only one batter. It is worth noting that he had to leave after the first out in the ninth with an apparent injury.
The Lions improved to 4-1 with the win and #20 Louisiana falls to 1-3 on the year.
The Ragin' Cajuns return to action on Friday night at 6:30pm as they are set to open their brand new, fully completed, ballpark for the first time ever when they host Wright State for a three game series.