Lahare: Spark plug for Cajuns in April

Posted at 8:44 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 21:44:11-04

If you’re looking for the nexus to Louisiana’s success in the month April look no further than junior college transfer Daniel Lahare.

After struggles in February and March, the Cajuns posted their best month since 2016, Lahare played a major role. The junior right fielder raised his batting average by 30 points to .317, and ended the month on a seven-game hitting streak. (Lahare hit 15-32, nearly .500 during in those games.)

As the Cajuns begin a new month with a weekend series against 18th ranked Coastal Carolina, their lead-off man will be charged with setting the tone. Something he’s done well recently.

Coach Tony Robichaux spoke Monday about Lahare’s toughness. Coach said he was angry when he came to Lafayette but has focused his frustration into team bests in batting average, runs, slugging, and on base percentage.

"You have to go through a bitter middle to get to a happy ending. And he’s happy right now. But he was bitter in the fall when he got here because he was working to get out of the Junior College system into the Division I system and he had a tough fall," Robichaux said. "It took him time to get through all that and I think he’s getting back to understanding the Division I game and now he’s having success again."

The Cajuns host Coastal Carolina, game one is Friday night at 6:30 p.m.