Cajuns Win Twelfth Straight Series, Beat Bobcats 2-0
In the movie "Major League," Harry Doyle, played by Bob Uecker, looks at the final box score and says, "One Hit? One #$$%%#$%$ hit?
Sometimes, one is plenty.
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns got just the one hit, but took advantage of walks and errors to defeat Texas State 2-0 and win their twelfth straight weekend series dating back to last year.
The one hit, a bunt single by Tyler Girouard in the second, had nothing to do with the scoring in the game, as the Cajuns got unearned runs in the fifth and sixth innings to get the win and run their record to 39-6, 18-3 in the Sun Belt.
Texas State fell to 24-20 and 12-9 with the loss.
The shutout was the tenth of the season for the Cajuns' pitching staff. It was the first time Texas State has been shut out this year.
Cody Boutte (6-0) continued his mastery against Sun Belt opponents, scattering six hits over seven innings before a rain delay forced him out of the game. Ryan Wilson pitched the final three innings for his second save of the series and third overall.
Lucas Humpel (3-4) was the hard luck loser for the Bobcats.
The Cajuns got on the board in the fifth inning when Chase Compton was hit by a pitch with two outs. Michael Strentz then grounded to shortstop but reached when Garrett Mattlage's throw pulled first baseman Tanner Hill off the bag. Blake Trahan, who had a 15-game hitting streak broken in the game, walked to load the bases and Wilson drew another walk, plating Compton for a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jace Conrad was hit by a pitch and, with one out, Girouard hit back to the pitcher. But Humpel's throw to begin what could have been a double play was wide of the mark. With the count 2-2 to Dylan Butler, a lightning strike within eight miles of the ballpark forced a stoppage in play which lasted one hour and 45 minutes. When play resumed, Butler induced a walk from reliever Dylan Bein to load the bases, and Compton executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to give the Cajuns their fnal run.
Wilson cruised through the seventh and eighth innings and got the first two outs in the ninth. But He walked Trey Hicks, gave up a single to Tyler Pearson and hit pinch hitter Cameron Freiss with a pitch to load the bases. That brought up leadoff hitter Cory Geisler who was 5-10 in the series. Wilson struck him out on three pitches, including a called third strike to end the game.
Overall the Cajuns' pitching staff allowed eight hits, walked one and hit two batters as the Bobcats stranded ten base runners in the contest.
Ragin' Cajuns head coach Tony Robichaux did not participate in the game, serving the first of what could be a four game NCAA mandated suspension after being ejected in Saturday's contest.
The Cajuns will play their final midweek games of the season this week with a two game set against Southeastern Louisiana. Tuesday's game in Hammond will begin at 6pm.