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Baseball: UL’s top 10 moments of the season

Tim Buckley, The Advertiser, June 12, 2015

 

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UL second baseman Stefan Trosclair (23) hit the shot heard around the Cajun world with his grand slam to beat South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament finals.(Photo: Courtesy Sun Belt Conference)

 

A look at 10 memorable moments in the UL baseball team’s 2015 season:

1. Feb. 24: With Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux looking to notch his 1,000th career win against his former club, UL and McNeese State go at it for 17 innings on Feb. 24 at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field before the Cajuns finally prevail 5-4;

2. Feb. 28: Two outings later, during a 2-1 weekend series win at then-No. 25 Alabama, Tony Robichaux records his career 1,000th victory with a 6-5 victory over the Crimson Tide in Hoover, Ala.;

3. March 1: True freshman Gunner Leger establishes himself as a bona fide weekend starter by going eight innings in a 14-2 win at then-No. 25 Alabama;

4. April 7: UL scores three runs in the bottom of the ninth as Brian Mills’ walkoff RBI-double gives the Cajuns a 6-5 home win over then-No. 22 Houston;

5. April 11: Kyle Clement hits for the cycle in a win over Jackson State, becoming the first Cajun in 25 years to do so;

6. May 24: During its fifth straight loser’s-bracket game in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Troy, UL and No. 1 tourney seed South Alabama are tied 1-1 when Stefan Trosclair hits a grand slam in the 12th inning of a 5-1 victory that sends the Cajuns to their third straight NCAA Regional;

7. May 29: True freshman Dylan Moore records his single-season school-record 13th save as UL rallies with five runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Rice 7-6 in the Cajuns’ opening game at the NCAA Houston Regional;

8. May 30: After Evan Powell breaks up Seth Romero’s no-hit bid in the eight inning, designated hitter Tyler Girouard is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as UL, down 1-0 going to the bottom of the ninth, rallies to beat host Houston 2-1 at the NCAA Houston Regional;

9. June 6: Injured pinch-hitter Brenn Conrad delivers a solo homer to tie Game 1 of the LSU Baton Rouge Super Regional at 3-3, but LSU answers with Jake Fraley’s homer in the bottom of the ninth to win 4-3;

10. June 7: Centerfielder Kyle Clement makes back-to-back diving catches and third baseman Joe Robbins makes two run-saving plays, but LSU beats UL 6-3 in the Baton Rouge Super Regional to end the Cajuns’ season at 42-23.