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Louisiana Baseball, Campbell Set For Weekend Series at Russo Park

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Mar 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-02 22:47:34-05

LAFAYETTE – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball team opens a season-long, eight-game homestand on Friday when it hosts Campbell University in a three-game series at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field at Russo Park.

First pitch for Friday’s opening game is scheduled for 6 p.m. The series resumes on Saturday at 2 p.m., before concluding on Sunday at 1. All three games will be streamed live on ESPN+ and can be heard in the Lafayette area on KPEL-FM (96.5) and on the Varsity Network app.

Louisiana (6-2) opens the month of March playing 14 of its scheduled 18 games on its home turf. The meeting with Campbell (6-1), which participated in the NCAA Knoxville Regional, is the first between the schools on the baseball diamond.

Senior Jake Hammond (0-0, 1.74 ERA) will take the mound in Friday’s opener with Tommy Ray (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earning the start on Saturday and Jackson Nezuh (0-0, 17.05 ERA) starting in the finale.

CJ Willis (.409-0-9), Heath Hood (.400-1-7) and Conor Higgs (.400-0-1) lead Louisiana at the plate.

Campbell, which opens a nine-game roadtrip with stops at Tulane, App State and Coastal Carolina, swept Butler with three comeback wins to complete the sweep. The Fighting Camels trailed 4-0 after six innings on Friday, 5-1 after two innings on Saturday, and 9-2 in the middle of the seventh on Sunday. The Camels outscored Butler 27-1 from the seventh inning and later across the series.

Right-hander Cade Kuehler (1-0, 5.40 ERA) will open the series on the mound for Campbell with Chance Daquila (2-0, 5.40 ERA) getting the start on Saturday. The Camels will send right-hander Ernie Day (0-0, 6.75 ERA) to the mound in the finale on Sunday.

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Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (6-2) vs. Campbell Fighting Camels (6-1)

DATES/TIMES (time is subject to change)

Friday, March 3 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 4 – 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 5 – 1 p.m.

M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field at Russo Park (6,015) | Lafayette, La.


FRIDAY – 6 p.m.

LOUISIANA | RH Jake Hammond, 6-3, 230, Sr., Monroe, La.)
‘23 Stats: 0-0, 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 11 K, .194 OppBA

CAMPBELL | RH Cade Kuehler (6-0, 215, Jr. Waxhaw, N.C.)
‘23 Stats: 1-0, 5.40 ERA, 10.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 16 K, .237 OppBA

SATURDAY – 2 p.m.

LOUISIANA | RH Tommy Ray (6-5, 215, Jr., Quincy, Ill.)
‘23 Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, .125 OppBA

CAMPBELL | RH Chance Daquila (6-3, 220, R-Jr., Mount Pleasant, N.C.)
‘23 Stats: 2-0, 5.40 ERA, 10.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 10 K, .184 OppBA

SUNDAY – 1 p.m.

LOUISIANA | RH Jackson Nezuh (6-1, 180, Jr., St. Cloud, Fla.)
‘23 Stats: 0-0, 17.05 ERA, 6.1 IP, 12 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, .414 OppBA

CAMPBELL | RH Ernie Day (6-4, 230, Jr., Chicago, Ill.)
‘23 Stats: 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 9.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 12 K, .219 OppBA


Louisiana – Receiving Votes (USA Today Coaches’ Poll)

Campbell – Receiving Votes (NCBWA, USA Today Coaches’ Poll)




5:30 p.m. (Pregame) / 6 p.m. (First Pitch)

Station – KPEL-FM (96.5)/ The Varsity Network App

Talent – Ian Auzenne (pxp); Brad Topham (color)


1:30 p.m. (Pregame) / 2 p.m. (First Pitch)

Station – KPEL-FM (96.5)/ The Varsity Network App

Talent – Ian Auzenne (pxp); Brad Topham (color)


12:30 p.m. (Pregame) / 1 p.m. (First Pitch)

Station – KPEL-FM (96.5)/ The Varsity Network App

Talent – Ian Auzenne (pxp); Brad Topham (color)



Talent: Dan McDonald (pxp); Brennan Breaux (color – Friday), Scott Brazda (color – Saturday/Sunday)



Overall: First meeting

In Lafayette: First meeting

In Buies Creek: Never met

Neutral Sites: Never met


• Louisiana opens the month of March hosting Campbell University in a three-game series at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field at Russo Park.

• The weekend series is part of a season-long, eight-game homestand for Louisiana and features a matchup of 2022 NCAA Regional participants (Louisiana at College Station; Campbell at Knoxville).

• Louisiana is scheduled to play 14 of its 18 games in the month of March within the friendly confines of #TheTigue.

• Heath Hood, Kyle DeBarge, Julian Brock and Carson Roccaforte have reached base safely in all eight games this season.

• Hood has reached safely in 25 straight games dating back to the 2022 season.

• The Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-1 in one-run games through the first eight games of the season.

• Louisiana was picked to finish fourth in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

• Through the first four home games at #TheTigue in 2023, Louisiana is 15th nationally in average attendance (3,976) in the initial NCAA Division I Baseball Report.

• Louisiana picked up three quality starts last weekend against BYU after not getting its first QS last season until March 13, 2022.

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