Cajuns Crush Cowboys 10-2

Cajun RH Matt Broussard retired 17 of the first 19 batters he faced and Kyle Olasin belted two home runs and a triple to lead Louisiana to a non-conference victory of McNeese State at Cowboy Diamond.

The victory extended non-conference win streak to five games and improved the Cajuns (7-9-1) to 4-1 in mid-week contests.

Broussard, making his first start on the mound this season, turned in a gem. He tossed a one-hit shutout over seven innings and faced only four batters over the minimum. He needed only 60 pitches to get through the first five innings and ended the game with 95 total pitches.

Kyle Olasin, who began the game with no extra base hits, belted two home runs and a triple and led UL with three RBI.

Matt Goulas saw his first action of the season for the Cajuns, starting in the designated hitter slot. Justin Robichaux came in relief of Broussard in the eighth inning for his first appearance since March 1 at Southern Miss.

Broussard, now 1-0, and the Cowboys' Matt Click were in a pitching duel over the first few innings until the Cajuns erupted for four runs in the top of the fourth. Olasin started things off with a solo home run. Click, now 0-1, then hit Travis Whipple and he stole second before catcher Thad Griffen took first on an error by Cowboy third baseman Steven Irvine which enabled Whipple to score.

The Cajuns added two runs in the seventh, Alex Fuselier getting on base on another Cowboy error and Olasin plating him on an inside the park home run. UL also added two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth.

McNeese's only runs came in the bottom of the eighth and off UL reliefer Justin Robichaux.

Louisiana returns to Sun Belt Conference play this weekend at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. The Ragin' Cajuns host UALR for a three-game set Friday-Sunday, March 20-22.

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