LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The weather frustrations continue to grow for Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team.
A fourth game this week was postponed Saturday because of rain and wet grounds, as the second day of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Sun Belt Conference series against Arkansas-Little Rock was pushed back because of unplayable conditions at UALR’s Gary Hogan Field.
The Cajuns (10-5, 3-0 Sun Belt) and the Trojans (4-8, 1-2) will now play a noon Sunday doubleheader in an effort to get two of the weekend’s scheduled three games played. League rules prohibit teams from playing Monday games unless no series games were played through Sunday.
Weather forecasts called for clearing overnight, with no rain and sunny conditions likely for Sunday.
UL-Lafayette had a Tuesday home game against Northwestern State and a Wednesday road contest at Southern postponed because of weather. The Cajuns traveled here Thursday, but the scheduled Friday night game was washed out and Saturday’s rescheduled contest was canceled early in the afternoon.
“We went out about 1:30 to check it out, and it started raining,” Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux said. “They’ve got more coming in later. That’s pretty much out of your control.”
UL-Lafayette is riding a six-game win streak and swept its first Sun Belt series against Troy last weekend. Robichaux said that one weekend goal is to remain sharp despite the delays, and the squad held an indoor workout and hit in UALR’s cages Saturday afternoon.
“We’ve got some good leadership on this team,” he said. “They understand what’s in front of them, and they know that frustration’s not a plan. That’s a sign of somebody fixing to get beat, and we don’t want to show that side of us now. We’ll keep going and be ready for a doubleheader on Sunday.”
The Cajuns are expected to start the freshman duo of righthander Evan Guillory (1-0, 5.03) and southpaw Gunner Leger (2-0, 3.57) in Sunday’s twinbill. UALR, which lost two of three at South Alabama last week to open league play and fell at Wichita State 9-2 on Wednesday, is expected to pitch sophomore righthander Cory Malcom (2-1, 1.80) and junior left-hander Jarrid Garcia (0-0, 1.29) in the doubleheader.