Cajuns Get Back on Winning Track; Defeat McNeese State 8-0
Matt Hicks and Ben Carter combined for a two hit shutout Tuesday night as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns bounced back from a Sunday defeat to win over McNeese State, 8-0 before 4,033 fans at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
Hicks (5-0) threw just 56 pitches in five innings of work, allowing a one out double by Jackson Gooch in the fourth inning and a two out single to Matt Gallier in the fifth. He did not walk a man and struck out five. Carter retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced with one batter reaching on an error. He struck out three and walked no one.
Louisiana (37-5) had ten hits in the game, the 28th time in 42 games they have reached the double-figure mark in hits. Tyler Girouard and Jace Conrad had two hits each for the Cajuns.
Michael Desabrais (0-2) gave up three hits and four runs in 2.1 innings, taking the loss. He was one of six pitchers used by McNeese (20-19) in the game.
The Cajuns got on the board in the first inning without benefit of a hit. Blake Trahan walked, moved up to second on a ground ball, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on Seth Harrison's sacrifice fly. After leaving the bases loaded in the second inning, Louisiana broke the game open in the third. WIth one out, Harrison walked. Girouard singled Harrison to third and Harrison scored on Caleb Adams' double off the wall in left center. Girouard scored on a wild pitch for the second run and Dylan Butler added an infield hit to get the third run home.
Conrad drove in two runs with ground balls in the seventh and eighth innings, remaining perfect (13-13) in getting a runner home from third with less than two out Nick Thurman had a pinch RBI single in the eighth to round out the scoring.
Trahan scored twice for the Cajuns and extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the eighth. Conrad reached base three times in the game, extending his streak of reaching safely to 32 straight games.
Louisiana gets back into action Friday night when they host the Bobcats of Texas State in the first game of a three game Sun Belt Conference series at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field at 6pm.