Cajuns’ Comeback Falls Short Against Troy, 8-5
Down 7-0 after three innings in their game against Troy, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns could either fold or fight.
They chose to fight.
But their comeback fell just short as Troy defeated Louisiana 8-5 with the Cajuns having the winning run at the plate when the game ended.
"We let the game spin out of control on us," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "And, really, it was mostly things we did as opposed to things they did."
The Trojans (16-7, 3-2 Sun Belt) used some two out magic in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead against Cajuns' starter Jack Burk (2-4). Rigsby Mosley got an infield hit and Chase Smart followed with a ball just inside the third base bag to give Troy a 1-0 lead. Brody Binder followed with a hit for the second run.
The wheels came off for Burk and the Cajuns in the third when Matt Sanders singled and Brandon Lockridge was hit by a pitch. Joey Denison then bunted and Burk wheeled and threw to third base, but no one was covering. A pair of walks, a sacrifice and two base hits followed and Troy had ballooned the lead to 7-0.
Troy starter Darren Osby (3-0) breezed along until the fifth inning, when Monroe Moll led off with a double for the Cajuns (9-13, 1-4) and moved to third on Kole McKinnon's one out single. Jonathan Windham's RBI single got the first run home and Gavin Bourgeois' single made it 7-2. Hayden Cantrelle's sacrifice fly brought home the third run of the inning.
Troy added an unearned run off reliever Brett Willliams in the seventh when Drew Frederic led off with a walk and stole second. He went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 8-3.
But the Cajuns weren't finished.
Windham's one out single was followed by an RBI double by Bourgeois. Cantrelle followed with a base hit to close the gap to 8-5. Then in the ninth, reliever C. J. Carter hit Windham with a pitch and, with two out, Hunter Kasuls singled and Kennon Fontenot was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Carter struck out Tyler Stover to end the game.
The Cajuns will send Colten Schmidt to the mound to try and salvage the third game of the series tomorrow at 1:00 pm.