LAFAYETTE — Greg Davis appears to be most comfortable when the pressure is on.
“When the game volume gets loud, we want to quiet our personal volume,” he said. “The crowd gets going, the adrenaline gets going, you want to slow things down.”
For the second time in his team’s three-game series against Troy, it was the senior first baseman who knocked in the decisive run, yielding a 10-5 win for the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team Sunday.
“Greg delivered the big lick, and that’s what you want in that situation,” coach Tony Robichaux said.
With his team trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning with one out and the bases loaded, Davis lashed a triple to left-center field to give the Cajuns a lead they would not relinquish.
“I was honestly just looking early in the count for something I could hit,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to do too much — stay up the middle. I got a fastball over the plate, and I put it in the gap.”
Trojans center fielder Shaw Pinnell, who entered the game in the top half of the inning to pinch-hit, dived for the ball, but it skipped under his glove. The 230-pound Davis isn’t exactly fleet of foot, but he took advantage of the miscue and slid into third base.
“Absolutely not,” Davis said with a laugh when asked whether he had a triple on his mind when he saw the ball go under Pinnell’s glove. “I never think three out of the box. But when people start diving around, that’s my only chance. I’ve got to get one in that column.”
Davis came to the plate again with the bases full of Cajuns (10-5, 3-0) in the next inning, and he delivered a two-run single to pad the lead and give him five RBIs on the day.
That was more than enough wiggle room for freshman relievers Wyatt Marks (1-0) and Dylan Moore, who limited the Trojans to three hits and one run in the final 4.1 innings. Moore earned his first career save while firing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.
With the come-from-behind win, the Cajuns extended their winning streak to six games.
“From Alabama (last weekend) into here, these guys have been constantly winning, and winning in all kinds of ways,” Robichaux said.
Just like they did in Friday’s game, the Trojans (7-8, 0-3) got the jump on a Cajuns freshman starting pitcher in the first inning of his first conference start.
After the Trojans scored three runs in the first against Evan Guillory in Friday’s game, they struck for a pair of first-inning runs against Gunner Leger on Sunday. Leger lost leadoff hitter Clay Holcomb on an eight-pitch walk to start the game, then hit Logan Hall with a full-count pitch with one out.
The Trojans hadn’t moved runners much all weekend, but they rolled with a hit-and-run early with cleanup hitter Trevin Hall at the plate, and it paid off. Hall blooped a soft liner into shallow right field to score Holcomb and move Hill to third. Hill then scored on a deep sacrifice fly by David Hall.
Also like Guillory, Leger settled down after the rough start. He struck out eight batters in his next three innings, including a string of seven straight outs via swinging strikeouts.
“He minimized the damage; he never let the game get away from him,” Robichaux said.
Robichaux pulled Leger with two outs in the fifth after he had reached 87 pitches. Marks entered the game and gave up a single and a walk, but he escaped the inning when he struck out Matt Sanders with runners at second and third.
Cajuns junior shortstop Blake Trahan had another standout afternoon with two doubles, two walks and three runs from the top of the order. He finished the series with six hits — all of which went for extra bases — and he extended his hitting streak to six games.
It’s the third straight season the Cajuns have opened conference play with a sweep, and the Cajuns will look to extend their winning streak with midweek games at home against UNO on Tuesday and at Southern on Wednesday.