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Deggs earns first win on in Hammond Tuesday

Louisiana 9, Southeastern 6
Posted at 10:56 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 00:37:48-05

HAMMOND — Sebastian Toro drove in three runs on two hits as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (1-3) pick up the first win of the Matt Deggs era Tuesday.

The Cajuns topped Southeastern 9-6. The team's 9 runs and 11 hits are both more than the team managed in their season opening weekend.

Deggs said Monday he thought his team pressed way too hard in the home-opening series, and hoped player had moved past the weekend's emotions. After Tuesday's win he was much happier with the team's play particularity the way they fought through at bats.

"Our kids grinded out at bats, there was nothing weak or early. That's a key to our success, nothing weak or early," he said following the win. "I don't know how many walks we drew, but it was a lot. We saw a lot of pitches and did a good job seeing a lot of pitches and we did something with it."

The team, in fact, drew 14 walks on the night as Southeastern pitchers struggled with their command.

The victory is the first as the Cajuns' head coach for Deggs who replaced the late Tony Robichaux this off-season. Junior shortstop Hayden Cantrelle said Deggs was not worried about getting a win, as much as just playing better, still the team wanted one for him.

"He doesn't talk about the wins or loses. But for us it's important," Cantrelle said. "He's worked his butt off for us and for as much as he may say he doesn't care, we're happy to do it for him."

Louisiana returns home Wednesday and hosts Tulane at Russo Park.