Cajuns Clip Eagles, 3-0
In a season that has had its ups and downs one thing has remained constant.
You don't beat Gunner Leger at home.
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns lefty allowed just two hits over seven innings as the Cajuns won the opener of their three game series against Georgia Southern, 3-0 Friday night before a paid crowd of 5,095 at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Leger (9-2) allowed a bloop hit to Ryan Cleveland leading off the fifth inning and a two out bunt single to Logan Baldwin in the same frame as Louisiana (28-17-1, 14-7-1 Sun Belt) snapped a three game losing streak. It was the only time Georgia Southern (30-16, 13-9) got a runner into scoring position.
Kennon Fontenot's two run homer down the line in right field in the fourth inning scored Joe Robbins who had singled, to give the Cajuns all the runs they would need. The homer off Eagles' starter Evan Challenger (2-5) was Fontenot's fifth of the season.
The Cajuns added an insurance run in the sixth when Brad Antchak reached on an error and scored on Brenn Conrad's two out double.
The Cajuns managed just five hits off Challenger, but four of them were for extra bases. Conrad had two of those hits, including an eighth inning triple.
Leger hit three batters, but didn't issue a walk, facing just four over the minimum in the contest. The junior has allowed just two earned runs at home all season and lowered his ERA at Russo Park to 0.45..
Wyatt Marks retired all six batters he faced, three via strikeout, to earn his sixth save of the season. The shutout was the Cajuns' ninth of the season, best in the nation.
The Cajuns and Eagles will play game two of their series Saturday night at 6:00 pm. The game can be heard on 96.5 KPEL-FM with pre game beginning at 5:30.