Cajuns Pay Back Southeastern Louisiana In Hammond
Ragin' Cajun Baseball came one inning away from shutting out Southeastern Louisiana in their own house for a little payback, but a win is a win, as the Cajuns disposed of the Lions by the score of 7-2.
After suffering a 5-3 loss in their own park, the Cajuns went on the road to Hammond and cracked open a couple innings for crooked numbers (1st and 6th innings). The Cajuns broke into double-digits (11) in the hits department as well, and Blake Trahan ended the game with a fantastic back hand play to add to his three hit day. Will Bacon and Colton Lee combined for a shutout all the way until the back end bullpen allowed two cheap, uncostly runs. Lee's performance in the middle innings (4.0 IP, 2 hits) led Head Coach Tony Robichaux to drop this serious praise in postgame.
"He's a utility knife out there," Robichaux said about his versatile bullpen arm.
Not only was Robichaux pleased with his pitchers (aside from the two runs chalked up to Chris Charpentier), he couldn't find to much to grumble about in postgame, period. The Lions were the team to shoot themselves in the foot in this game, when they allowed two unearned runs to start the game. Robichaux was glad his team took care of business, fully.
"We came here and played a complete game," Robichaux said before paying respect to his opponent. "They didn't quit all the way to the end."
The win improves the Cajuns' record to 24-15, while the loss drops Southeastern to 30-12. With both teams in need of a solid win, in terms of RPI, the Cajuns brought home the victory their postseason resume needs. Plus, it's always a good day when you beat an in-state opponent.
Other bonuses from the win include a multi-hit game from Brian Mills and a two-run game from Evan Powell, who also drew two walks in the game. Add in the eight scoreless innings from Bacon and Lee to get the recipe for success. If the Cajuns want to make postseason play, they'll need to keep riding this momentum through the end of Sun Belt play and into the conference tournament.
With a chance to double-down on the momentum in consecutive days, a win over Southern could be another step toward the postseason. Back-to-back midweek games pose their own sets of problems, but the bus ride back from Hammond will feel a lot shorter after a win.