LAFAYETTE (Press Release) – Hot bats and a dazzling display on the hill by sophomore Logan Savoy were the recipe for success on Tuesday evening as Louisiana took down Southeastern Louisiana, 8-2, at Russo Park.
The victory was a historic one as well, serving as career win No. 900 for head coach Tony Robichaux while at the helm of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ program. Robichaux entered the season as the eighth-winningest active head coach in Division I baseball and now has 1,163 overall wins in his career.
Louisiana (14-16, 4-5) put together a complete game on Tuesday, outhitting SLU, 9-3, while Savoy and Connor Cooke fanned eight Lions and allowed just two unearned runs.
Savoy, making his first career start, went 6.2 innings and gave up two hits and the two runs to compliment a career-best seven punch outs. Cooke finished off the final 2.1 innings with the only blemish to his final line a single in the ninth.
Sophomore Hayden Cantrelle went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to help guide the Louisiana offense, with Hunter Kasuls adding a 2-for-4 effort with a homer of his own and two RBI in his first start at second base since March 23. Todd Lott was the only other Ragin’ Cajun to produce a multi-hit game (2-for-3) and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
After scoring an early run in the second on a Colton Frank RBI single, the Ragin’ Cajuns took a 4-0 lead in the third inning via a two-run Kasuls bomb off the trees in right-center field and a sacrifice fly by Orynn Veillon.
A walk and an error in the top of the fourth frame proved to be trouble, allowing two runs to score for Southeastern Louisiana to cut the lead in half.
The Ragin’ Cauns countered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the same frame when Cantrelle lifted a home run into the trees beyond the right-field wall and a deep single from Lott scored Kasuls from third to push the lead out to 6-2.
Louisiana added two more runs in the eighth off the bat of Cantrelle, who singled to center to plate Frank and Veillon before Cooke returned to the mound in the ninth to get the final three outs and seal the 8-2 victory.
The two programs will face off again on Wednesday, with the second round being played in Hammond. First pitch from Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field is set for 6 p.m.
Junior Dalton Horton is set to make the start against the Lions, with SLU’s pitcher currently listed as TBA.