LAFAYETTE — The UL-Lafayette bunting game became a big part of its offensive strategy Sunday against Jackson State.
During the first five innings, the Cajuns placed down four sacrifice bunts and bunted another two times for base hits, as UL-Lafayette grabbed an 8-1 lead en route to an 11-1 victory.
UL-Lafayette’s Jace Conrad said bunting was a strategy whose absence was evident Friday night when the Cajuns lost to JSU 1-0 in the first round of the Lafayette regional.
Things were different Sunday as that tactic was implemented into the Cajuns offense, especially early in the game.
“We talked about (bunting) before the game,” Conrad said. “We felt like we didn’t do enough small ball in the first game the other night
“So we decided we would come out here (on Sunday) and execute anything (UL-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux) put on.”
Although Conrad broke the game open in the top of the second with his grand slam over the right field fence, he helped the Cajuns offense score its only run in the first inning with a sacrifice bunt that moved leadoff hitter Ryan Leonards to second.
In the following inning, Seth Harrison led off with a bunt base hit. The next batter, Dylan Butler, moved Harrison to second with a sacrifice bunt.
Michael Strentz advanced Butler to second base in the third with another bunt. In the fourth, Chase Compton also bunted, this time moving Butler to second.
Leonards bunted a base hit to begin the fifth inning.