The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team overcame an early 5-1 deficit as the team rallied for six runs in the second inning to defeated second-seeded Troy 12-8 in an elimination game on Thursday afternoon at the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament hosted at Riddle-Pace Field.
The Cajuns (35-21) will face the loser of the UT Arlington/Texas winner’s bracket contest Friday at 6:30 p.m. in an elimination game. The contest will be aired on News Talk 96.5 KPEL-FM with Jay Walker making the call. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 with Matt Stewart providing play-by-play.
“They jumped us early. We tried to slow them down all we could, but they came out swinging. We went to the pen and Greg (Milhorn) did an outstanding job,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “You bring in a pitcher to change the momentum of the game, and without Greg’s outing today, I don’t think we can come back. He got momentum, and then the hitters fed off of him. He’s been battling back from a groin injury. Today he came out and pitched like a senior should.”
Milhorn was forced into action in the first inning and came on to limit the Trojans (30-25) to one run on one hit in 4.2 innings of relief to pick up his third win of the year. The senior equaled a career–high with six strikeouts in the outing.
Junior right-hander Will Bacon registered his second save of the season throwing 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the contest with three strikeouts.
Starter Grant Bennett (9-4) took the loss for Troy giving up 10 runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and four walks in 3.1 innings.
Louisiana posted double-digit hits for the second time in the tournament outhitting the Trojans 13-9 led by junior Kyle Clement who was 3-for-4 with a double, drove in two and scored twice. Blake Trahan, Brenn Conrad, Stefan Trosclair and Tyler Girouard also had multi-hit efforts in the contest. Trosclair had
Shortstop Matt Sanders went 3-for-6 with a double and an RBI for the Trojans, while Logan Hill had two hits including a home run and three RBI.
The Cajuns grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Conrad scored on a double steal. Conrad reach on a fielders choice and then moved to third on a Clement single.
Troy answered with five runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 5-1 edge. Hill got the Trojans on the board with a three-run homer off of starter Wyatt Marks to right center. Later in the inning, second baseman Nick Masonia drove a two-run homer to left center to give Troy a four-run lead.
Louisiana exploded for six runs on three hits and three walks in the top of the second to regain the lead, 7-5.Greg Davis pulled the Cajuns within two runs as he drove a 2-2 pitch from Bennett over the fence in left center for a two-run homer. The home run was the seventh of the year for Davis.
Conrad made the score 5-4 as he doubled to deep center scoring Trahan from second. Two batters later, Trosclair put the Ragin’ Cajuns back in front 7-5 on a three-run homer to left. The home run is the 14th of the season for Trosclair and moves him one back of Georgia State’s Matt Rose for the conference lead.
The Cajuns added three more runs in the top of the fourth. Clement doubled home the first run of the inning sending a ball off of the wall in center field with one out. In the next at bat, Trosclair doubled to left to score Clement to extend the advantage to 9-5. Girouard capped the scoring in the inning as he singled down the left field line to plate Trosclair.
In the top of the sixth, Clement drove in his second run of the game singling to left to score Conrad and put Louisiana in front 11-5. Two batters later, Girouard increased the lead to seven runs with an RBI double to left.
Troy went on to score the final three runs of the contest with an RBI single by Cameron Sanders in the sixth, followed by a solo home run by Matt Sanders and a RBI double by Shaw Pinnell in the eighth.