Cajuns Open Season With Hot Bats

Cajun Redzone Publisher
Posted Feb 16, 2013

The Ragin' Cajuns baseball team opened the season Friday night with a 12-6 win over Central Michigan. While the tempatures continued to drop, the Cajuns bats remained hot pounding out 14 hits and scoring 12 runs.

The Cajun bats didn't take long to get warmed up Friday night against the Chippewas. LSU-Eunice transfer Sam Carriere put the Cajuns on the scoreboard first in the second inning lining a EBI double down the right field line.

UL would add two more runs in the bottom of the third inning after a Seth Harrison doubled to left center, a walk to Jace Conrad and single to right field by Catcher Michael Strentz. Conrad with score the second run from third on a passed ball, making the score 3-0 Cajuns.

Central Michigan would tie the score at 3-apeice in the top of the fifth after Nick Regnier stroked a three-run home run over the left field wall.

The Cajuns would reclaim the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning after loading the bases with a Seth Harrison double and back-to-back walks. After a Central Michigan pitching change, UL scored two more runs on a wild pitch and a passed ball to jump ahead 5-3 and never look back.

In the bottom of the sixth inning the Cajuns would jump on Chippewas reliever Joe Ucho for seven runs on six hits to finish off CMU on the night. UL would hammer out four doubles in inning, including two in the frame by outfielder Dylan Butler and up the Cajuns lead to 12-3.

Dylan Butler and Michael Strentz paced the Cajuns offense with three RBI apiece. Seth Harrison's debut in a Cajun uniform ended with 4-for-6 night at the plate and three runs scored.

Cord Cockrell was the winning pitcher after taking over for Traffica, who pitched 4 2/3 innings before reaching his pitch limit, in the fifth inning. Cockrell registered the final out of the fifth inning, then retired seven straight Chippewas hitters before a couple of late tallies helped CMU close the deficit to six runs.

The two teams continue the season-opening series with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The second game of the twinbill will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game

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