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Cajuns Baseball Can’t Overcome Early Deficit Against Troy
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team couldn't overcome an early deficit on Saturday as the Cajuns came up short 8-5 against Troy in game two of the series at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
The Cajuns (9-13, 1-4 SBC) and Trojans (16-7, 3-2 SBC) each had nine hits in the game and each left runners on base.
Starter Jack Buck was handed the loss after giving up seven runs (six earned) on five hits with two walks in 2.1 innings of work.
Daren Osby claimed the victory for Troy going 5.0 innings with three runs on five hits, two walks and a strikeout. CJ Carter picked up his fourth save of the year tossing 2.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to close out the game.
LEADING THE CAJUNS
Freshman Monroe Moll reached base in all four plate appearances going 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and was hit by a pitch twice. Freshman Jonathan Windham also had a good day offensively reaching base three times going 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice, while Gavin Bourgeois and Hayden Cantrelle each drove in two runs in the contest.
On the mound, freshman reliever Brett Williams had a solid outing limiting the Trojans to just one unearned run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Troy got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a Chase Smartt RBI double down the left field line followed by an RBI single back up the middle by Brody Bender.
The Trojans exploded for five more runs on four hits and three free passes in the top of the third to extend their lead to 7-0. A Smartt two-run single highlighted the scoring in the inning.
Louisiana got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Windham drove a single through the right side of the infield to score Moll. In the next at bat, Bourgeois added another run on an RBI single up the middle to cut the Troy edge to 7-2. Cantrelle brought home the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to left field to make the score 7-3.
Troy picked up an insurance run in the top of the seventh as Drew Frederic came home to score on a Williams wild pitch to extend its advantage to 8-3.
The Ragin' Cajuns continued to rally in the bottom of the seventh scoring two runs on a Bourgeois double and a Cantrelle single to pull within three runs at 8-5.
In the bottom of the ninth, Louisiana loaded the bases with two outs, but Carter got senior Tyler Stover to go down swinging to end the contest.
The Cajuns and Trojans close out the series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Russo Park. Senior left-hander Colten Schmidt will face off against freshman left-hander Max Newton of Troy. Follow the series finale against Troy, Louisiana will head to Metairie, La. on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to face No. 15 LSU in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic at the Shrine on Airline.
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