Mar 19, 2014 11:40 PM by UL Sports Information
THIBODAUX, La. - The fifth-ranked Ragin' Cajuns baseball team posted six runs in the 11th to win 7-1 in extra innings against Nicholls State on Wednesday night at Didier Field.
The Cajuns (19-2, 3-0 Sun Belt) have won nine in a row and improve to 10-0 on the road this season. The team is also 7-0 against in-state opponents.
Louisiana had 10 hits in the game with Ryan Leonards, Tyler Girouard and Jace Conrad each recording two hits. Conrad and Girouard also had a pair of RBI in the contest.
"This ballpark is a tough place to score runs," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "You really have to pitch and play defense, and we did that. The inning we broke though, you saw Nicholls State make a couple mistakes. That is just how it goes here. Again we are finding different ways to win. That is what you have to do if you want to be successful."
The Ragin' Cajuns used six pitchers in the game with freshman Reagan Bazar earning his second win of the year after holding the Colonels (10-12) scoreless in three innings of relief. Bazar scattered two hits and had two strikeouts in the outing.
Justin Sinibaldi was tabbed with the loss to fall to 0-1 giving up six unearned runs in the 11th on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts in an inning of work.
The Cajuns avoided danger in the sixth as Dylan Butler made a great throw to cut down Charles Morton at the plate to end the inning.
Louisiana broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh on a RBI triple to right center by Girouard to score Seth Harrison. Harrison led off the inning with his team-leading third triple of the year.
Nicholls State evened the contest at 1-all in the bottom of the eighth on a single up the middle by Morton scoring Keith Cormier from second.
Both teams were unable to push across a run in the ninth and tenth innings.
In the 11th, after Blake Trahan reached on an error with one out, Ryan Leonards singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. In the next at bat, Harrison was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Girouard drew a bases-loaded walk to put the Cajuns in front 2-1. Later in the inning, Conrad brought home a pair of runs on a bunt single down the left field line to increase the advantage to 4-1.
Following a RBI groundout by catcher Michael Strentz, Chase Compton doubled to left to plate the final two runs of the game for Louisiana.
The Cajuns return to action on Friday at 6 p.m. as they host Sun Belt newcomer Georgia State in the first of nine straight games at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. The Ragin' Cajuns and Panthers are slated to play Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.