Cajuns Fall to Wright State in Controversy-Marred Game 4-3
A home run that was ruled a double.
A double that was ruled a home run.
An infield hit that was ruled an out.
All of that happened in the final three innings as Wright State took a 4-3 win over the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Sunday afternoon at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, Louisiana (2-5) threatened when Monroe Moll led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Daniel Lahare then launched a long fly ball to right field that was ruled a home run. (Replays showed the call was correct). But after a consultation between the umpiring crew of Jordan Albarado, Jeremy Hayes, Myran Miller and Ryan Broussard, the call was reversed and Lahare was ordered back to second base and pinch runner Marco Ramos was put back at third. Cajuns' coach Tony Robichaux vehemently argued the call, resulting in his ejection.
But after the game, Robichaux didn't want to discuss it.
"The bottom line is I'm the leader of this team and we're 2-5," the Cajuns' skipper said. "This is on me. I've got to do a better job of putting our team in a position to win where something like this doesn't matter."
But that wasn't the end of the controversy.
After Wright State (2-4) scored a run on a bases loaded walk in the ninth, the Cajuns had two out and nobody on when catcher Kole McKinnon launched a long fly to left which was ruled a home run to cut the lead to 4-3. Replays showed the ball did not leave the ball park.
Gavin Bourgeois then singled to put the tying run on base bringing freshman Hayden Cantrelle to the plate. The rookie hit a grounder to first base that was bobbled by first baseman Gabe Snyder. Cantrelle dove into first base and beat the throw to winning pitcher Derek Hendrixson, but was called out to end the game, prompting another explosion by the Cajuns' coaches.
Caleb Sampen (1-0) recorded the win, allowing seven hits and two runs over five innings. Hendrixson gave up one run on four hits to record his first save of the season.
The Cajuns scored in the first inning when Bourgeois singled and Cantrelle executed a perfect hit and run to put runners at the corners. Hunter Kasuls' sacrifice fly gave the home team a 1-0 lead.
But the Raiders took the lead for good against Cajuns' freshman Austin Perrin (0-2) in the third when J. D. Orr was hit by a pitch and Peyton Burdick homered to make it a 2-1 game. Snyder walked and later scored on a Seth Gray single to make the score 3-1.
Louisiana narrowed the gap to one run in the fifth when Lahare doubled and went to third on a throwing error by Sampen. Bourgeois' single made the score 3-2, setting the stage for the late inning drama.
Perrin allowed seven hits and three runs in four innings. He walked four and struck out three. Brock Batty allowed a leadoff single in the fifth, but then retired nine in a row. Caleb Armstrong pitched a scoreless eighth but allowed a costly run in the ninth inning.
The Cajuns had a season high eleven hits in the game with Bourgeois leading the way with three singles. Lahare had a pair of doubles and McKinnon had a pair of hits as well. Kennon Fontenot had two base hits, while Kasuls and Cantrelle added one each.
Louisiana is back in action Wednesday night against Nicholls State in a 6:00 pm game at Russo Park.