LAFAYETTE — On a blustery day at the ballpark, the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team pounded out 14 hits, eight of which went for extra bases, en route to a 15-4 thumping of Little Rock in Saturday afternoon’s series opener, the first game of a doubleheader.
That run support was more than enough for sophomore left-hander Gunner Leger (2-1), who struck out seven while limiting the Trojans to one run on three hits in six innings.
Little Rock got on the board first with a hit-and-run double by designated hitter Dalton Thomas three batters into the game. But it didn’t take long for the Cajuns to take the lead back, and it was all downhill for Little Rock after that.
Brian Mills led off the bottom of the first with an infield single, and Brenn Conrad took the third pitch he saw from Dylan Slayton (0-1) over the wall in right field to give the Cajuns a 2-1 lead.
The wind was strongly blowing out to straight-away center field, and the Cajuns took advantage. Conrad’s homer was the first of three Cajuns long balls on the day.
It was Mills’ turn in the bottom of the third: He hit a low, rising line drive over the wall in left field for a two-run homer that made it 4-1.
Joe Robbins essentially put the game out of reach during a six-run fourth inning. After a Nick Thurman flared single scored two more to make it 6-1, Robbins crushed a Slayton offering off the scoreboard in left-center for a grand slam that made it 10-1.
Slayton gave up nine hits and 10 earned runs in 3.2 innings. His season ERA climbed by nearly eight runs.
Robbins added a sacrifice fly later to finish with a career-high five RBIs.
Six of the nine Cajuns in the starting lineup had multiple hits, and four finished with multiple RBIs.
Leger did not have his most efficient outing, needing 92 pitches to get through six innings, but he only allowed four base runners after the first inning, none of whom advanced into scoring position.
Will Bacon allowed three runs — only one of which was earned – in three innings of relief.