Cajuns Rally Again, Beat Colonels 4-3
Brian Mills' two run double highlighted a three run seventh inning as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns came back from a three run deficit for the second straight game and defeated the Nicholls State Colonels 4-3 Tuesday night at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
The win was the 13th in the last 16 games for the Cajuns, who improved to 25-12 on the year and won their 15th home game against just two losses. Nicholls dropped to 16-22 with the loss.
Brad Antchak drew a one out walk from Jake Smith (1-3), the fifth Nicholls pitcher to start the seventh inning rally. Nick Thurman singled Antchak to third and pinch hitter Steven Sensley ripped a 3-2 pitch to right field, scoring Antchak and sending Thurman to third. Mills then greeted Robbie Petty with a double into the left-center gap to score both runners to the delight of the 4,035 on hand.
"That was a great at bat," head coach Tony Robichaux said of Sensley. "He could have tried to hit a three run homer but stayed back and lined it. Then B. Mills looked for a pitch he could drive."
Mills' hit made a winner of starter Evan Guillory (4-3), who gave up the three Nicholls' runs with two out in the third.
"We gave them a hit batter and a walk and we can't be giving free baserunners," Robichaux said. "But we told him (Guillory) he had to shut it off right there because we felt we'd make a push and we wanted to make sure the push was relevant, and he did a great job from there."
Guillory got 14 ground ball outs in his seven innings of work. He allowed eight hits and struck out two in a seven inning, 96 pitch performance. Eric Carter issued a leadoff walk in the eighth and then retired six hitters in a row to notch his second save of the season.
Guillory hit Alex Tucker with one out in the third inning. After striking out Dylan Manichia, a pair of wild pitches moved Tucker to third. Ethan Valdez walked and Joey Morales singled to get the first run on the board. Kyle Knauth then doubled in the gap to score both runners and give the Colonels a 3-0 lead.
The Cajuns got a run back in the fourth off reliever Christian Suk on a two out double by Kyle Clement, his second of three doubles on the night. Ishmael Edwards then followed with a base hit to get the Cajuns on the board.
The Cajuns will now host McNeese State tomorrow night at 6 pm at The "Tigue."