Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore right-hander Evan Guillory was cruising until he couldn’t find his put-away pitch Tuesday night against LSU.
Once that happened, the Tigers started to knock him around. And on the occasions he did find the pitch he needed to throw, his defenders weren’t there to back him up.
Guillory retired the first seven batters he faced before Brody Wofford singled with one-out in the third inning. The Cajuns forced Wofford out at second base on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Cole Freeman, and that’s when LSU started stringing together clutch hits.
After a Freeman stolen base, Kramer Robertson blooped a double into shallow right field to knot the game up at one. Jake Fraley followed with base hit into shallow center field that spun away from Cajuns center fielder Joe Robbins for a two-out run-scoring double to give the Tigers the lead.
In the next inning, Guillory allowed a one-out single to Bryce Jordan, but looked like he had found the put-away pitch that evaded him in the two-run second inning.
He induced a ground ball near second base from LSU third baseman Greg Deichmann, setting up a potential inning-ending double play. But Cajuns second baseman Stefan Trosclair charged to field the ball before Jordan got there, and his short range flip to the bag looked to catch shortstop Hunter Kasuls by surprise.
Kasuls dropped the ball, and LSU rallied for a three-run inning after singles by Jordan Romero and Freeman.
Purple or red?
For the first time since a March 8 game against Tulane, freshman Dylon Poncho was in the Cajuns starting lineup. Maybe it was because of his history with LSU.
Poncho, who played at Kinder High School, originally committed to LSU, but ultimately made his way to the Cajuns.
Coach Tony Robichaux used Poncho as the designated hitter in the No. 5 spot in the lineup, and he picked up the first hit of the day for either team — to right field to lead off the Cajuns second inning.
Changing things up
Perhaps trying to get him going, Robichaux used struggling slugger Stefan Trosclair as the leadoff hitter for the first time this season.
Before Tuesday’s game, Trosclair had spent 13 games in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, six games in the cleanup spot and one game in the No. 5 spot.
Outside of a nine-game hit streak earlier this season, the preseason All American has not been able to get much going this season, especially as of late.
Entering Tuesday’s move to the leadoff spot, Trosclair had just two hits in his previous 24 at bats. His batting average dropped from a season-high .255 down to .197 before Tuesday’s game.
Trosclair scored the first run of the game in the first inning when he drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, and took the next two bases on wild pitches. He also picked up a sharp single in the fifth inning during a four-run Cajuns rally.
Trosclair hit out of the leadoff spot in five games last season.