Feb 14, 2014 11:47 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The 14th ranked Louisiana baseball tell fell in its season opener to Eastern Illinois 5-1 on Friday night at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
The Cajuns (0-1) were outhit 12-3 in the contest by the Panthers (1-0) as there was only one extra-base hit between the two teams.
"You never know about opening day," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "You want to be clicking on all cylinders, but you never know what you are going to see. Their kid did a good job of keeping us off balance. He located his breaking ball, and did it when he needed to.
"We let some nickel and dime runs get in. We have to do a better job of turning the faucet off and try not to leak out anymore."
Junior Austin Robichaux was tabbed with the loss after giving up three runs, one earned, on eight hits in five innings of work. Robichaux struck out four and did not allow a free pass.
EIU's Jake Johansmeier picked up his first win of the season holding the Ragin' Cajuns to one run on three hits in six innings.
Offensively, Tyler Girouard was the lone bright spot at the plate for Louisiana going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Caleb Howell led the way for the Panthers going 3-for-5 with an RBI, while both Demetre Taylor and Frankie Perrone notched a couple hits in the game.
EIU broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth when Howell reached on a single and then came around to score on a passed ball.
The Panthers increased their advantage to 3-0 in the top of the fifth on a pair of hits. Jason Scholl singled in Jacob Reese with one out, and Taylor knocked in Mitch Gasbarro on a single to right.
Louisiana threatened in the bottom of the fifth loading the bases with no outs, but a Dylan Butler strikeout and an unconventional double play left the Cajuns scoreless in the frame.
"We set the table in the fifth," Robichaux added. "The only problem is that we didn't clear it."
In the top seventh, Eastern Illinois added another run as Tyler Schweigert scored on a Louisiana error to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Cajuns got on the board in the bottom half of the seventh when sophomore Blake Trahan singled in Michael Strentz to cut the EIU lead to 4-1.
EIU would add an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a RBI single by Howell to make the final 5-1.
Joe Greenfield earned the save for the Panthers throwing two scoreless innings of relief while striking out three.
The two teams are slated to play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at noon at M.L."Tigue" Moore Field. Carson Baranik and Greg Milhorn are both scheduled to make their Ragin' Cajuns debut on the mound.
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