Who needs offense when you’ve got pitching like the Cajuns have?
The Cajuns scored seven runs in three games against Texas State yet managed to come away with the series win thanks to the strong effort of the pitching staff and the defense behind them.
That is reflected in the “up” portion this week. The only thing is, a little better day at the plate might’ve resulted in a sweep. The other way to look at it is, the Cajuns gave up three runs in three games — and didn’t win all three.
(HOPES) DASHED BROS.
Lately, the winning formula for the Cajuns has been to use Eric Carter as a bridge to Dylan Moore. That happened in the two wins this weekend. Carter and Moore faced 17 batters, allowed three hits and struck out five. Thanks to what this duo has become, a one-run lead feels like a Snuggie — it’s that comfy.
Carter and Moore’s dominance would mean nothing without standout starting pitching. The Cajuns only scored seven runs but won two games thanks to Gunner Leger, Wyatt Marks and Nick Lee combining to post this line: 19 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 20 K. Texas State should feel lucky it wasn’t swept.
E-FREE, THE WAY TO BE
Texas State had to earn each of the three runs it was able to squeak across the plate, because the Cajuns weren’t about to give away any freebies. The Cajuns went the entire weekend without an error in the field, extending their streak to five games without one. They won four of those games.
When looking back at why they were only able to score seven runs this weekend, the Cajuns will see the obvious culprit: They simply couldn’t find the big hit — especially in the last two games, when they went 1-for-17 with a runner in scoring position. They didn’t even bring home a run on that one hit.
One of the big reasons the Cajuns weren’t able to cash in with runners in scoring position was because they didn’t put the ball in play. In 23 at-bats with at least a runner on second base, the Cajuns struck out seven times. They struck out 25 times this weekend, their second-most in a three-game series this year.
A BIT TOO MUCH
With runs being scarce, the Cajuns had a few too many mistakes on the base paths. The most notable: Dylon Poncho ran through a stop sign after his bases-clearing double in the first game, and he was thrown out at third. Nick Thurman was an easy out trying to go first to third on a Brad Antchak single Saturday.
THE LIGHTER SIDE
BEST INSIGNIFICANT STRIKE OF THE YEAR
Steven Sensley hit the most majestic foul ball you’ll see in a while Friday. He launched a pitch over the trees in right that rolled to the middle of the straightaway on the track. Wow.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND
“We came back in the dugout and I said, ‘I think we threw about 15 changeups in one inning.’ ”
— Gunner Leger, whose changeup baffled Texas State on Friday
NON-PRESS BOX FOOD CONSUMEd
The good people at the Cajun Tails tailgate invited me under the tent and insisted I eat some of the giant hog they roasted Saturday — and for good reason. It was spectacular.