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Baseball: Louisiana Blanks Loyola Marymount in Series Opener, 5-0
Gunner Leger matched the career starts record at 52 in the victory
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana extended its winning streak to five games in style on Friday evening, outhitting Loyola Marymount, 9-4, and riding two masterful performances on the mound en route to a 5-0 shutout victory over the Lions at Russo Park.
The Ragin' Cajuns (6-7) jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first four innings, while relying on the hot arms of Gunner Leger and Brandon Young, who combined to strike out 13 batters.
Leger earned his first win of the season with a stellar performance and tied the all-time career starts record at 52 with Hunter Moody and Eric Templet in the process. The senior finished the game with 5.0 innings under his belt, allowing just four hits and fanning eight batters. He was relieved by Young, who went 4.0 innings of no-hit ball with five strikeouts.
Sophomore Jonathan Windham finished the night 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, while Hunter Kasuls (2-for-4) and Sebastian Toro (2-for-3) also produced multi-hit outings. Brennan Breaux smacked his second homer of the season to aid in the victory, his eighth RBI of the season.
Windham got things started in the bottom of the second inning, doubling to left field to score Todd Lott and Nathan Camp. Breaux added another run in the next frame, blasting a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall to see the Ragin' Cajuns take 3-0 lead.
A flyout by Lott in the fourth inning scored Hayden Cantrelle from third base, before Windham once again stepped into the batter's box and brought Sebastian Toro home with a single to left to secure the 5-0 victory.
Loyola Marymount (6-7) had four different players record a hit, all of which were singles. Codie Paiva took the loss for the Lions, his second on the year.
The two teams return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon with first pitch set for 2 p.m. Fans can stream the game on the Ragin' Cajuns Digital Network of listen to the call on KPEL 96.5 FM.
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