Cajuns Pound South Alabama 11-1
Seventeen hits on a Friday night?
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The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns hit the 17 hit mark for the second straight Friday as they handled their arch rival South Alabama 11-1 before 4,736 at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Louisiana (15-11, 5-2 Sun Belt) bounced back after a 15-3 loss on Wednesday as everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit, and seven different players drove in runs to lead the Cajuns to their sixth straight Friday night win.
"We told our guys Wednesday night was like a stinky commode and we could let it sit there or we could flush it. We decided to flush it," head coach Tony Robichaux said. Now we have to flush this and come back tomorrow and win the series."
Gunner Leger (5-1) allowed one run over six innings and Wyatt Marks struck out seven in three innings in relief for his third save of the season.
Louisiana took the lead in the first inning on a two run homer by Joe Robbins, his third of the season. South Alabama cut the lead in half on Brendan Donovan's solo home to make it a 2-1 game.
The Cajuns put the game away against South Alabama starter Randy Bell (1-3) in the fifth inning, stringing together six hits in scoring five runs to make it a 7-1 game and the Cajuns then poured salt on the wound with another four runs in the eighth inning.
South Alabama (15-12, 5-2) threatened in the seventh inning when Will Luft walked and Jaren Barnes followed with his third hit of the night. But Marks came in and struck out the side, allowing one walk and retired the last seven batters he faced, five of them on strikeouts.
Steven Sensley had three hits to lead the Cajuns' attack, while Ishmael Edwards,, Brenn Conrad , Robbins, Tyler Stover, Alex Pinero and Handsome Monica added two hits apiece. Edwards, Robbins, Stover and Pinero drove in two runs each.
The two teams will meet in game two of the series Saturday night at 6:00 pm.