Cajuns amass 21 hits against Nicholls
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team pounded out a season-high 21 hits on Tuesday night as the Cajuns routed Nicholls 18-2 to close out a four-game homestand at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
The 18 runs are the most scored by the Ragin' Cajuns (17-12, 6-3 Sun Belt) since May 28, 2016 when the Cajuns defeated Arkansas State 17-10 at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
"I thought the hitters approach as a pack was the best I have seen all year long," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "One through nine, they all had a good approach. They never let any of the pitchers they faced find a weak link in the chain. Hitting is contagious. I thought they did a good job of coming off of a big series win to have that kind of intent and approach. Also when you have a runaway game like that you can see sloppiness, but everyone off of the bench had that same approach throughout the whole ball game. That's what we have been waiting on all year."
Ishmael Edwards, Steven Sensley and Brad Antchak each had three hits in the contest with Sensley driving in a game-high four runs coming a home run away from hitting for the cycle. Edwards also had a strong night at the plate driving in multiple runs in back-to-back games for the first time this season with three RBI on the night.
Redshirt-freshman Jack Burk (2-3) picked up his second straight victory in the contest limiting the Colonels (17-13) to two runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings of work. Burk walked one and struck out six in his third quality start of the year.
"The big thing was that Jack gave us was a chance to win tonight," Robichaux said. "Tonight he was able to get run support unlike he did at their place earlier this year. He's been able to pitch both with run support and without it. What he is starting to give you is consistency, which is what you want from a starter."
Wyatt Marks and Dylan Moore combined to toss 2.2 shutout innings to close out the contest.
Nicholls starter Alex Ernestine (1-1) was handed his first loss of the season after giving up four runs on five hits in three innings.
The Cajuns grabbed a 2-0 edge in the bottom of the third inning on a two-out, two-run homer down the right field line by Edwards. The home run was the second in as many games for Edwards and his third of the year.
The Colonels cut the advantage to 2-1 in the top of the fourth when right fielder Gavin Wehby singled home designated hitter Juan Givan.
Louisiana increased its lead to 6-1 in the bottom half of the fourth scoring four runs on four hits including a two-run triple to centerfield by catcher Josh Aguilar who had a pair of hits in the game.
The Ragin' Cajuns broke the game open in the sixth inning adding four more runs on five hits to make the score 10-1. The Cajuns tacked on a six-spot in the seventh highlighted by a three-run triple by Sensley to take a 16-2 advantage.
Sophomore Dylon Poncho brought home the final runs of the game in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out, two-run single back up the middle with the bases loaded.
Louisiana returns to action this weekend as the squad heads to the defending national champions Coastal Carolina for a three-game series starting Friday at 5 p.m. CT.
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