Cajuns Host UALR In Sun Belt Clash

Louisiana's Ragin'Cajuns baseball host UALR this weekend looking to win their first Sun Belt Conference series of the season.

SCOUTING THE TROJANS

The Trojans already own one road series win in Sun Belt play, taking two-of-three at FAU in the opening weekend (March 6-8). Last weekend, UALR lost two-of-three at home to FIU and currently sit at 3-3 in league play. After a 4-2 start, the Trojans have dropped eight of their past 11 contests, most recently falling at Louisiana Tech 10-9 in 10 innings. This season is a new era of UALR baseball as the Trojans are under the direction of first-year skipper Scott Norwood. Prior to UALR, Norwood was the head coach at Ouachita Baptist University where he posted a 101-26 record in his final two seasons and 158-76 in four overall. Last season, Norwood led OBU to a school-record 51 wins and the school's first ever berth in the NCAA Division II College World Series. Defense has been the Trojans' Achilles heel this season, committing 41 errors in 17 games for a .938 fielding percentage which ranks last in the Sun Belt Conference. Pitching has also been a struggle. The staff ERA is a Sun Belt-worst 7.02, a number which is skewed by four mid-week pitchers with 10-plus ERAs. Opponents have scored 149 runs over 150 innings pitched (117 earned runs) and the Trojans have issued a league-high 88 walks. Pitcher Adam Champion leads the Sun Belt with 32 strikeouts while opponents are hitting a paltry .185 off of him. Relief pitcher J.R. Boling has 23 strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings over nine appearances. UALR features a balanced offense as five players have reached double figures in RBI. Three have hit four home runs – Matt Apfel, Nate Brown and Tim Emmons. Brown leads the way with 26 base hits and 16 RBI.

RAGIN' CAJUNS
PROBABLE STARTERS BY POSITION (Subject to Change)
Season Statistics
Pos. No. Name B/T Avg. H R HR RBI
C 17 Thad Griffen R/R .268 11 9 2 9
1B 1 Scott Hawkins R/R .276 16 8 4 10
2B 18 Kyle Bostick R/R .190 11 6 0 7
SS 1 Greg Fontenot R/R .297 19 7 1 6
3B 34 Chad Keefer R/R .323 21 10 0 8
LF 13 Travis Whipple L/L .293 17 12 1 9
CF 31 Kyle Olasin L/L .259 7 5 2 3
RF 22 Les Smith L/R .242 16 10 1 10
DH 24 Matt Goulas R/R .500 2 0 0 1


Trojans
PROBABLE STARTERS BY POSITION (Subject to Change)
Season Statistics
Pos. No. Name B/T Avg. H R HR RBI
LF 23 Hanlon, Eric .333 19 11 1 12
RF 11 Apfel, Matt .297 19 16 4 14
CF 16 Brown, Nate .394 26 11 4 15
1b 21 Parks, Tyson .275 19 11 1 11
DH 33 Emmons, Tim .292 14 17 4 11
C 22 Wilson, Landis.275 14 9 1 8
2B 2 Kroll, Kody .394 13 6 0 6
3B 12 Gower,Anthony .303 10 7 0 3
SS 3 Rowles, Zach .191 9 7 1 6

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