LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team tried to wait out the weather to get a Wednesday night contest in against McNeese State, but after two hours of steady rain with some lightning added to the mix, the two teams decided to call it a night.
The rain actually cleared up shortly after the game was officially called off, but radar showed some severe weather headed in Lafayette’s direction.
The two teams wanted to get Wednesday night’s game in because it was the last chance either team would’ve had to play the other this season.
The Cajuns only have two available midweek dates left this season — May 10 and 11, between the UT-Arlington and South Alabama series — but McNeese has a two-game series scheduled against Baylor for those dates.
This is the second consecutive week the Cajuns had a mid-week game rained out. The Cajuns were supposed to play on the road against the University of New Orleans last Wednesday, but the game was rescheduled for May 17.
Coach Tony Robichaux dropped Kyle Clement down to fifth in the batting order before Tuesday’s game against Nicholls State in an effort to jump start his bat.
“Sometimes you flip their brain, they can get going,” Robichaux said.
The tactic seemed to work. Clement went 3-for-4 with three doubles, and likely would’ve had a fourth if Nicholls State right fielder Gavin Wehby didn’t make an outstanding effort to chase down a ball in the right-center field gap off Clement’s bat in the sixth inning.
Clement had a rough series against Southeastern last weekend, going 1-for-12 at the plate, prompting Robichaux to drop him to the No. 5 spot in the lineup.
It was only the second time this season Clement has hit lower than cleanup in the Cajuns batting order.
“It was just to try to flip his brain, get him out of a different scenario,” Robichaux said. “Don’t let him stay in the same situation over and over and over again and expect a different result. I like trying to flip their brains, and moving them to different slots, seeing another hitter in front of them and behind them.”
No changes coming
Robichaux said after Wednesday’s cancellation that the Cajuns would be using their normal rotation against Texas State this weekend.
There was some consideration given to moving Wyatt Marks — possibly even out of the weekend rotation — after he was roughed up in his last start against Southeastern, but Robichaux is sticking with him in his Saturday spot.
Marks could be in line for a bounce-back effort. In two starts against Texas State last season, Marks struck out 19 in 12.1 innings.