Cajuns Had Chance At A Series Win, But Game Ends In A Tie?!?
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team had a chance to win the series against Coastal Carolina but for the second game in a row they couldn't hold onto a lead in the 9th inning and the game would end in a tie due to the getaway day rule in the Sun Belt. On Sundays teams can't start an inning after a certain time so the Cajuns and Chanticleers would end the game tied after 9 innings.
The Chanticleers started the scoring in the 3rd inning with a 2-run home run, and then piled on 3 more runs in the 3rd inning to go up 5-0. The Cajuns cut into the Chanticleers lead in the top of the 4th on an RBI groundout by Joe Robbins. The Cajuns would fight back in the 5th and 8th innings to tie the game. The Cajuns got a couple of bases loaded RBI singles by Ishmael Edwards and Brad Antchak to pull within 2 runs in the 5th. They would tie the game in the 8th inning on a couple of bases loaded walks.
With the game tied going to the 9th, the Cajuns knew they had to score in the 9th inning in order to have a chance to win the game and series, and with a win they would have won 16 straight weekend series. The Cajuns offense did what they had to do in order to try to win the game with an RBI single and a wild pitch. They would head to the bottom of the 9th with a lead like they had done the previous night before.
That's when the Cajuns nightmare from last night would carry over into this game. The Chanticleers have runners at the corners with 1 out and a ground ball was hit to Alex Pinero who fielded the ball, slid his foot across the bag, then threw the ball home for what they thought would be a game ending double play but the 1st base umpire would end up calling the ball foul. The very next pitch there was a 2 run single that would tie the game at 7. The umpire that called the ball foul would end ejecting Alex Pinero on the play where the runs were scored. The very next batter would hit into the double play ending the game.
Coach Robe talked about the controversial play that happened in the bottom of the 9th, Robe said, "There's nothing you can do about it. We've got to do a better job in the 9h." He continued, The tragedy of it is we were 4 outs away from sweeping the series."
The Cajuns will look ahead to their next matchup which is on Tuesday night in Metairie at the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Classic against LSU. After the matchup up against the Tigers they will come back home for a series against Arkansas State on Easter weekend. The Games will be played Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m.