Cardiac Cajuns Do It Again, Beat Houston 2-1
Ragin' Cajun Baseball is living up to the title of "Cardiac Cajuns" after another thrilling 2-1 win and a dramatic 9th inning finish in Houston.
The Cajuns struggled for most of the day against Houston's freshman pitcher, Seth Romero. Romero had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning, until Evan Powell singled to break the groove. No runs came in the eighth, but the signs of light were starting to eek through. A fantastic combined outing from Gunner Leger (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R) and Greg Milhorn (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R) kept the Houston lead to one after a solo home run in the first inning, so it came down to a bit of 9th inning magic.
Dylan Butler walked to leadoff the inning. What did his Associate Head Coach Anthony Babineaux tell him in the on-deck circle?
"You get on, we win," Babineaux told Jay Walker in their postgame discussion.
Babineaux's words of wisdom to Butler proved to be somewhat prophetic. After Romero was pulled off the mound for walking Butler, the wheels started to wobble on the Cougar's wagon. A successful bunt by Blake Trahan moved Butler into scoring position. Then, Houston Shortstop Connor Wong thought too long on a ball in the infield to put runners on the corners. Kyle Clement picked up the tying RBI off a fielder's choice, which was when Cajun Nation really started turning up the volume.
With the fans on their feet, Stefan Trosclair singled in the infield to load the bases, which leads us back to Girouard. One of the galvanizing, leading forces of the team behind the scenes had a chance to write his own chapter of their growing story. He might have a bruise from getting hit by a pitch to end the game, but he'll remember that bruise forever.
Girouard tossed his bat high into the air and all the way down the third base line as soon as he was hit, almost hitting coach Jeremy Talbot. Joe Robbins touched home plate, and the party started out in Houston. After Saturday's game literally had it's parade rained on, Sunday was anything but disappointing.
Now over the 40 win mark, can the Cajuns finish things off and reach a Super Regional? The Houston Regional could be decided on Monday at 1:00 pm. Blake Trahan said he thought the Cajuns were one of the hottest team in the country headed into Houston. He might be right, but he should probably throw in the word "dramatic" as well. Jay Walker will have his own perspective coming as well, which you won't want to miss.