Cajuns Baseball Comes From Behind To Take Down New Orleans

Posted: 10:58 PM, Apr 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-25 23:58:30-04

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team overcame a four-run deficit to defeat New Orleans 8-6 on Wednesday night in a non-conference game at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
The comeback victory is the largest of the season for the Ragin’ Cajuns (24-19) and improves the squad to 10-3 in midweek games.
Senior  Dylan Moore  claimed the victory for Louisiana tossing 4.0 scoreless innings in relief to move to 2-3 on the year. Moore surrendered just one hit to the Privateers (18-25) as he retired the first eight batters that he faced in the game while registering three strikeouts.
Mathew Oset took the loss for New Orleans after giving up two runs on two hits in an inning of work.
Freshman  Hayden Cantrelle  paced the Cajuns offense going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and scored three runs.  Hunter Kasuls  also had two hits on the night, while  Gavin Bourgeois  drove in a career-high four runs.
Senior  Kennon Fontenot  increased his on-base streak to 23 games going 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run.
New Orleans got on the board in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Owen Magee. The Cajuns quickly answered though as Bourgeois brought home Cantrelle on an RBI ground out to third base to tie the game at 1-all in the bottom half of the first.
The Privateers regained the lead 2-1 in the top of the second on an RBI groundout to shortstop by Darren Willis.
In the top of the fourth, UNO jumped out to a 5-1 advantage plating three runs on a solo home run by Cody Ducote and a two-run single by Pearce Howard.
Louisiana got the rally going in the bottom of the fourth scoring three runs with two outs to cut the New Orleans lead to 5-4.  Zach LaFleur  plated the first run in the inning on a triple to left center. The final two runs came home on singles by  Kole McKinnon  and  Jonathan Windham .
The Cajuns and Privateers traded runs in the fifth inning as Bourgeois scored Cantrelle on a double to left center to make the score 6-5 UNO.
In the bottom of the seventh, Bourgeois completed the comeback executing a perfect double squeeze bunt to score both  Daniel Lahare  and Cantrelle and give Louisiana a 7-6 edge.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a LaFleur sac fly to right field to make the final 8-6.
Louisiana heads to Atlanta, Ga. for a three game series with Georgia State starting Friday at 5 p.m. CT at the GSU Baseball Complex. Game two of the series it set for 1 p.m., while the first pitch of the series finale is at noon CT on Sunday.
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