Cantrelle’s Cycle Powers Cajuns Past Northwestern State 8-3
Don't look now, but Hayden Cantrelle is on fire.
The Cajuns' shortstop hit for the cycle Tuesday night to lead Louisiana past Northwestern State, 8-3 before 4,718 at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
Cantrelle, who was 11-21 last week with ten runs scored, reached base in all five plate appearances Tuesday night, scoring four times. He drew a walk in the first inning, tripled in the third, singled in the fifth, hit a solo homer in the sixth and doubled in the eighth in becoming the fourth Cajun to ever hit for the cycle, the first since Stefan Trosclair did it in 2016.
Cantrelle has now reached in 21 of his last 31 plate appearances.
Freshman Connor Cooke (2-0) allowed just one run on three hits over four innings to get the win. Jack Burk allowed just one hit over the final three innings to earn his first save of the season.Kole McKinnin drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Alex Hannie then followed with his first collegiate hit, a triple to right-center to bring home the second run of the inning.
After the Demons touched Cooke for a run in the third, the Cajuns tied it again when Cantrelle tripled and scored on Brennan Breaux's single.
Louisiana (10-11) took the lead for good in the fifth when Cantrelle singled, went to second on a ground ball and stole third. After Handsome Monica walked, Hunter Kasuls ripped a triple into the right field corner, scoring both runners.
Cantrelle belted his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot in the sixth to make the score 6-3 and in the eighth after Johnathan Windham led off with an infield hit, Cantrelle doubled to complete the rare feat. Windham scored on Monica's sacrifice fly and Cantrelle came around on Kasuls' double to eend the scoring.
In addition to Cantrelle, Kasuls and Hannie added two hits each, while Breaux, Lott, Veillon and Windham rounded out the Cajuns 12-hit attack.
Robert Burke (0-1) the third Northwestern State pitcher was charged with the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in just a third of an inning. J. P. LaGreco, Jakob Nunez and Larson Fontenot each had two hits for the Demons.
Louisiana travels to New Orleans to take on Tulane Wednesday night at 6:30 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Pre game show on ESPN 1420 will begin at 6:00 pm.