Cajuns Shut Down Houston Bats

Louisiana's Ragin'Cajuns road the arm of Fr. lefthander Alex Fuselier to a 6-1 win over Houston Tuesday night at Teague Moore Field.

The Cajuns were led at the plate by ,b>Travis Whipple, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Brian Bowman earned an RBI in one official at bat, also scoring a run himself. Greg Fontenot's seven-game hitting streak came to an 0-for-4 end, but he did drive in one run.

Freshman Alex Fuselier exchanged the outfield grass for the mound, giving the Cajuns a quality start on the mound. But he refused to give up the bat, and hit for himself in the leadoff spot. From the rubber, Fuselier went seven innings allowing one run, unearned, on seven hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

Blake Haagen also took the mound for the Cajuns, going two innings and allowing no runs on just one hit and one walk.

The Cajuns ejected Cougar starter John Touchton after just 1 1/3 innings, saddling him with the loss on three runs, two earned, on three hits, two walks and no strikeouts.

Travis Whipple opened the scoring with an RBI double to deep right center, scoring Alex Fuselier from third. Fuselier led the Cajuns' order off with a hit for the third time in the last four games.

The Cajuns added run Nos. 2 and 3 in the second, when Tyler Benzel scored from third on an infield single off the bat of Brian Bowman. Bowman came in to score on a throwing error by the Cougar's second baseman on a Fontenot double play ball.

While Houston continued to struggle to figure out Fuselier, the Cajuns continued to score runs. In the fourth, UL produced a run on no hits, when Tyler Benzel walked aboard, moved to second when Kyle Bostick was hit by a pitch, and scored from second on an error by the Cougar pitcher, throwing to first on a Brian Bowman sacrifice bunt. Following the run, the Cajuns owned a 4-0 lead.

The Cajuns added two in the fifth for a 6-0 lead when a Benzel ground ball got through the legs of the Cougars' second baseman, scoring Travis Whipple and Brian Bowman, both unearned, though Benzel earned no RBIs because the error would have ended the inning.

Houston managed to get on the board in the sixth following a double and an error by Scott Hawkins at first in the next at bat.

Blake Haagen relieved Fuselier on the mound for the start of the eighth inning. Fuselier remained in the game as the designated hitter. The two teams held each scoreless through the remainder of the game.

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