The Grind-Georgia State’s First Road Series Is In Lafayette
Georgia State comes to Lafayette with the same record as the Ragin' Cajuns (12-9 overall), but there's one major difference: the Panthers haven't played a road game.
The Tigue will propose the Panthers a tough task for their first taste of life away from Atlanta, and the Cajuns will be looking to bounce back after dropping their conference opening series to Little Rock.
Before we take two steps forward, let's take one step back and rehash what happened in Tuesday's Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic.
Four errors lead to four unearned runs for the Cajuns, and the mistakes were too much to overcome. LSU took advantage of the mistakes to jump out to a 5-1 lead, but Tony Robichaux's ball club responded. In the fifth inning, they tagged the Tigers for four runs, including a three run blast from Steven Sensley to tie the game up at five apiece. It looked like the momentum had a chance to swing.
Paul Mainieri's team punched back in the bottom of the fifth for three runs of their own, and then their pitching staff closed the door for the 8-5 win. Eight different pitchers frustrated the Ragin' Cajun hitters, and they were trying to make up for mistakes in the field on offense. With Georgia State coming to town, the tone changes a bit.
Before we head into the weekend, let's give Steven Sensley a round of applause. His three run shot in crunch time against LSU earned him Grinder of the Week for this week's episode, and it was sweet to say.
It was only Sensley's second home run of the season, but if he starts chopping at balls like a lumberjack, we could see his numbers grow to Paul Bunyan-like size.
Georgia State better not serve Sensley a meatball, or their first road season could end in rough fashion.
The Panthers won their Sun Belt opening series against Arkansas State, and it took a ten inning effort last Saturday to ensure the win. With an early gut check already in their system, their engines should be primed for a high octane matchup with the Cajuns. There is a slight schedule change to address though, and it's a long time coming.
No game on Easter Sunday. Say it with me again, "No game on Easter Sunday." Glory, glory, hallelujah, the Sun Belt Conference finally displayed some common sense.
That being said, your THURSDAY starters will be Wyatt Marks vs LHP Wayne Wages (6.64 ERA, 20.1 IP), FRIDAY will be Gunner Leger vs RHP Marc-Andre Habeck (2.31 ERA, 23.1 IP), and SATURDAY showcases Nick Lee vs RHP Bryan White (4.22 ERA, 21.1 IP). Got the time change down? Good. There's a batter to be warned about.
Jarrett Hood will light up the gaps, if the Cajuns let him. He leads the Panthers with 12 doubles and 21 RBI's, and oh yeah, he's hitting .434 on the season. He'll be facing top notch arms in a hostile atmosphere this weekend, but the Cajun pitchers would be wise not to serve him anything tasty. He has the potential to start a rally at any point.
After last week's Little Rock series, the fans at M.L. Tigue Moore Field will be hungry for a bounce back weekend. Let's get some wins, then spend some time with our families on Easter...finally.