THE WEEKEND THAT WAS: Luke Johnson breaks down the Cajuns’ series vs. Little Rock _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette's Joe Robbins tries to connect on Sunday as the Cajuns host Little Rock at M.L. Tigue Moore Field.

Things got off to a booming start against Little Rock this weekend when the Cajuns pounded 14 hits and 15 runs to win the series opener, but the series went sour from that point. The Trojans had a 6-10 record coming into the weekend but certainly didn’t play like it in the final two games, when they roughed up the Cajuns to the tune of 17 runs on 24 hits. The Cajuns’ ballyhooed pitching staff had its worst weekend of the season, and the offense still isn’t consistently backing it up. Here’s a look at what went right and what still needs some work:

THREE UP

1. MR. CONSISTENT

It was not a great weekend to be a Cajuns pitcher, but Gunner Leger was his usual dependable self. He allowed one run in six strong innings Saturday despite a stiff wind blowing out. Leger has allowed two or fewer earned runs in all five of his starts, and he has gone at least six innings in all but one.

2. MAKE ’EM COUNT

Joe Robbins has had a permanent spot in this column since we started it this season, and this weekend was no different. He only had three hits, but two of them left the yard and one was a grand slam. He now has driven in a team-high 16 runs after a seven-RBI weekend against Little Rock.

3. SLUMP BREAKER?

Kennon Fontenot has been scuffling all season, but he may have gotten the jolt he needed with a two-run homer in Saturday’s nightcap. Much was expected out of the Barbe product this year, but he entered that at-bat with just one hit in 20 at-bats this season. Maybe the big fly will get things going for the sophomore.

THREE DOWN

1. TWO IN A ROW

Wyatt Marks had his second straight rough outing Saturday, allowing four hits and five earned runs in just 1.1 innings. In his past two starts, he has been tagged for 12 hits and nine earned runs in five innings and has seen his season ERA climb nearly three runs to its current standing at 5.48.

2. THAT AIN’T CLUTCH

When the Cajuns were able to get runners in scoring position in the final two games, they weren’t able to do much with them. The Cajuns had 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position in the final two games, and they only picked up three hits — two were home runs, and one was a single that ended in a rundown.

3. FREE PASSES HURT

The pitching staff was uncharacteristically unable to locate the strike zone in the final two games, and it cost the Cajuns. Of the nine batters unintentionally walked in the Trojans’ two wins, five of them scored, including all three of the free passes Cajuns pitchers issued in Sunday’s series finale.

THE LIGHTER SIDE

Crazy stat of the weekend

6-12, 2 HRs, 2 2Bs, 9 RBIs: That was the trail of devastation left by Little Rock’s Ryan Scott, who drove in seven runs in Saturday night’s game.

Quote of the weekend

“What we have to do is keep learning, keep growing, make sure we understand this is a tough league.”

— Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux

A new press-box companion

Since I got here, I’ve bemoaned the lack of coffee in the press box. That situation has been rectified. I dubbed our new coffee maker Joltin’ Joe.