Leger Nearly Throws No Hitter, Cajuns Cruise To Victory [Video]
Louisiana Ragin' Cajun junior pitcher Gunner Leger was one out away from a no-hitter on Friday night, having faced the minimum number of 26 batters with 2 outs in the top of the 9th and his team leading 10-0.
"He hit one to shallow center where nobody was," said Leger of the hit that broke up his no no.
Freshmen pinch hitter Brian Turton of the St. Peter's Peacocks hit a single to shallow center in the top of the 9th in his first collegiate at bat, ending Leger's bid.
"They don't happen often," said head coach Tony Robichaux of no hitters. "I know his teammates all wanted it for him."
Despite coming up just short of a no-hitter, Leger's performance was nothing short of a masterpiece, working 8.2 innings of work, striking out a season-high 9 batters, improving to 3-1 and walking off Tigue Moore Field to a standing ovation from the Cajun faithful at Russo Park.
"I wanted to do it for these fans," said a smiling Leger after the game. "These fans have supported me, supported us for a really long time."
With the victory, Louisiana improves to 7-4 on the season.
Offensively, the Cajuns were superb, collecting 13 hits, including 3 from Brenn Conrad and 2 each from Ishmael Edwards, Joe Robbins and Kennon Fontenot.
Louisiana faces St. Peter's tomorrow in game 2 of the three game non-conference weekend series. First pitch from M.L. Tigue Moore Field at Russo Park is set for 2:00pm.
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