Louisiana Baseball Wins Sixth Straight

LAFAYETTE, La. – Senior Greg Davis drove in five runs and scored once as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team won their sixth straight game, 10-5, sweeping Troy to open Sun Belt Conference play on Sunday at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

"What I like about this team is that you have to learn to win in all kinds of ways, and they have had great sharpness and have stayed hooked into the game," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "From Alabama to here they have been winning, and winning in all kinds of ways. Today we started a little lethargic, but we hung with it and stayed in it until Greg got the big lick and broke the game open for us."

With the win, the Ragin' Cajuns (10-5, 3-0 Sun Belt) have won six straight in the all-time series with Troy (7-8, 0-3 Sun Belt) and nine straight in Sun Belt play. The sweep also marks the third straight season that Louisiana has opened league play with a series sweep. The Cajuns have swept the opening series in conference play five times since joining the Sun Belt in 1994.

Davis was 3-for-5 with a triple as seven of the nine Cajuns starters posted multi-hit performances. Brenn Conrad also had three hits in the game driving in one with a double and scored three times.

Junior shortstop Blake Trahan added to his hot weekend at the plate going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and scored three runs. Trahan went 6-for-10 on the series with four walks (including three intentional walks), five doubles, a home run, drove in two and scored six times.

A trio of freshmen pitchers took the mound for the Cajuns in the contest. Wyatt Marks notched his first career win throwing 2.1 innings in relief. Marks allowed one run on two hits and struck out three.

Dylan Moore registered his first career save throwing 2.2 scoreless innings to close out the game. Moore struck out two in the outing while allowing one walk and one hit. Gunner Leger had a season-best eight strikeouts in a no decision after allowing four runs on four hits in 4.2 innings.

Troy reliever Jeremy McGowan was tabbed with his second loss of the series as he gave up four runs on three hits with two walks in 0.2 innings.

Troy jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first on an RBI bloop single to right by Trevin Hall and a sac fly to deep right by David Hall.

Joe Robbins cut the Trojans lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second scoring Tyler Girouard from third on a ground ball hit to short. Girouard walked to lead off the inning and moved to third on a double by Nick Thurman.

In the bottom of the third, Trahan and Conrad hit back-to-back doubles to even the game at 2-all. Later in the inning, Thurman drove a single through the right side of the infield to score Conrad to give the Ragin' Cajuns a 3-2 edge.

Troy regained the lead in the top of the fifth on back-to-back RBI groundouts by Nick Masonia and Logan Hill to make the score 4-3.

Louisiana went back in front 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-clearing triple to left center by Davis. After the Cajuns loaded the bases again, Davis scored on a balk to give the Ragin' Cajuns a 3-run lead.

The Ragin' Cajuns plated their final three runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh. A two-run double by Davis highlighted the scoring.

The Cajuns close out their five-game home stand on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they face in-state opponent New Orleans. Louisiana will continue its five-game week with a mid-week road game at Southern on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before heading to UALR for a three-game conference series.

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