Baseball: LaFleur Lifts Louisiana To Walk-Off Win Over Troy In Series Finale + photo gallery
LAFAYETTE, La. – Senior Zach LaFleur provided the walk-off winner on Sunday as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team defeated Troy 4-3 in the series finale at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Senior Logan Stoelke earned his second victory of the season for Louisiana (10-13, 2-4 SBC) going 2.0 innings allowing just one hit with a strikeout.
CJ Carter was the losing pitcher for the Trojans (16-8, 3-3 SBC) giving up one run on two hits in 0.2 innings of work.
LEADING THE CAJUNS
Senior Kennon Fontenot reached base three times in the game going 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a run as the Ragin' Cajuns were outhit 8-7.
Starter Colten Schmidt registered his third quality start of the season limiting a dangerous Troy offense to three runs (two earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts. For the fifth time this season, Schmidt didn't allow a free pass as he has just two walks given up on the year.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Troy got out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first at Matt Sanders doubled to lead off the game and then came home to score on a sacrifice fly to right field by Joey Denison.
The Ragin' Cajuns got things going offensively in the bottom half of the second when Tyler Stover came home to score on a throwing error by Trojans starter Max Newton to even the game at 1-all. Louisiana grabbed a 2-1 edge later in the inning on an RBI groundout to shortstop by Jonathan Windham.
The Trojans knotted the game at 2-all in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Sanders to left field.
Louisiana answered quickly to regain the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Gavin Bourgeois came home to score on a bunt single by Fontenot to make the score 3-2.
In the top of the eighth, Drew Frederic drove a two-out double into the gap in right center to bring home a run and tie the contest for the third time on the day.
The Cajuns rallied in the bottom of the ninth as LaFleur slapped a 1-2 pitch from Carter through the right side of the infield to plate pinch runner Marco Ramos and win the game.
Louisiana heads to Metairie, La. on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to face No. 15 LSU in the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic at the Shrine on Airline. The Cajuns then return to Sun Belt Conference play on Thursday, March 29 with a three-game series at Arkansas State.
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