Fontenot’s Hit Lifts Cajuns in the 11th, 4-3
It's been a long time coming, but the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns have climbed to the .500 mark.
The Cajuns (17-17) won for the fifth time in their last six games Wednesday night as Kennon Fontenot delivered a two out single to score Hunter Kasuls with the winning run, defeating Southeastern Louisiana 4-3 at M. L. "TIgue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Hayden Cantrelle drew a one out walk off losing pitcher Jared Biddy (2-1) and moved to third on Kasuls' double down the left field line. Fontenot was unable to get his bat on a ball down in the zone on a suicide squeeze bunt and Cantrelle was tagged out at the plate. Fontenot then delivered a soft single over the head of second baseman Cody Grosse as Kasuls scampered home with the game winner.
Michael Leaumont (1-0), who earned the first save of his career in Tuesday night's win over McNeese State, was credited with his first career win after pitching a perfect eleventh inning.
The Lions (24-13) got on the board against Louisiana starter Austin Perrin in the first inning as Grosse led off with an infield hit and went to third on a single by Drew Avans. Kyle Schimpf's grounder got the run home and Southeastern had a 1-0 lead. The lead gres to 2-0 in the fourth on Trey Morgan's line drive homer down the left field line. But that would be all the Lions would get off Perrin, who went six innings, allowing six hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
After being stymied on three hits over the first five innings, Louisiana came alive against Lions' starter Gorey Gaconi in the sixth. Jonathan Windham drew a leadoff walk and Lahare followed with a one out single. A base hit by Gavin Bourgeois scored Windham and Bourgeois went to second on the throw to third. After Cantrelle struck out, Kasuls laced a single to score both runners and give Louisiana a 3-2 lead.
Southeastern got an unearned run off reliever Dylan Moore in the seventh when Brennan Breaud walked, advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Trenon Trosclair to knot the game at three apiece.
Moore pitched three effective innings for the Cajuns, allowing two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Nick Lee pitched a perfect tenth before Leaumont came on.
Avans had three hits to lead Southeastern's eight hit night, while Grosse and Morgan added two hits each. Zach Lafleur had three hits for the Cajuns, while Bourgeois and Kasuls added two each as the Cajuns accumulated ten hits in the contest.
The Cajuns now head to Boone, NC for a three game series with Appalachian State. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 5:00 Central Time.