Cajuns Baseball Routs Warhawks

Cajuns Baseball Routs Warhawks

MONROE, La. – The sixth-ranked Ragin' Cajuns baseball team posted a season-high 15 hits as the Cajuns routed ULM 14-1 on Saturday at Warhawk Field to win their sixth consecutive game and sixth straight series dating back to the 2013 season. The Cajuns have also won six straight Sun Belt Conference games.

Louisiana (16-2, 2-0 SBC) had 10 players record at least one hit in the contest led by shortstop Blake Trahan who extended his hit streak to eight games after going 3-for-5 and scored two runs.

Tyler Girouard also had a big day going 2-for-4 with a double, home run and drove in three runs. Girouard has driven in at least two runs in four of the last five games.

"We just want lead the country in competing, and I think we certainly did that today," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "Our guys take pride coming out and competing each day. This was a great way for us to start conference play, and we need to stay aggressive tomorrow as we go for the sweep."

The 14 runs ties the most ever scored by the Cajuns against the Warhawks (7-13, 0-2 SBC), with the team scoring at least one run in the first seven innings of the game. Louisiana had multiple home runs in the game for the first time this season.

Starter Carson Baranik picked up his fourth win of the year to remain unbeaten limiting ULM to one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and just one walk in six innings. Baranik retired the first 14 batters he faced in the outing.

Alex Hermeling was saddled with the loss for Warhawks to fall to 0-2 after surrendering six runs (two earned) on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

Girouard brought home the first run of the game in the first inning driving in Trahan on a ball hit to second.

In the top of the second, the Ragin' Cajuns jumped out to 4-0 advantage scoring three runs on two hits and a ULM error. A bases loaded walk to Ryan Leonards, followed by Seth Harrison being hit by a pitch and a RBI ground out by Michael Strentz plated the three runs.

Caleb Adams came around to score on a throwing error by third baseman Anthony Herrera to make the score 5-0 in the top of the third. Later in the inning, Dylan Butler drove in Strentz on a sacrifice fly to center.

Louisiana added two more runs in the fourth on a pair of solo home runs by Leonards and Girouard. Leonards led off the inning with a blast over the fence in left for his first home run of 2014. Two batters later, Girouard sent a ball just over the right field fence for his first home run of the year to increase the lead to eight.

The Ragin' Cajuns put the game out of reach in the fifth scoring four runs on four hits and a ULM error to go in front 12-0. A pair of RBI doubles by Kyle Clement and Girouard highlighted the scoring in the inning.

Butler made it 13-0 in the top of the sixth on his first home run of the season sending the first pitch he saw well over the fence in left.

The Warhawks got on the board in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Herrera to make the score 13-1.

Jace Conrad capped the scoring in the contest in the top of the seventh singling to center to score Chase Compton from second. The RBI is the 19th of the season for Conrad who had two hits in the game.

The Cajuns bullpen combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief to close things out as five pitchers saw action. Chris Griffitt led the way pitching for the first time since May 18, 2012 to strike out three in 1.1 scoreless innings of work.

Louisiana will go for its third sweep of the season tomorrow at 2 p.m. against ULM at Warhawk Field. The game was moved back an hour to allow the forecasted weather to clear out of the Monroe area.

Following the series finale, the Cajuns return home to host in-state foe Nicholls State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in the first of five games slated for the week.

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