- What: Ragin’ Cajuns (7-5) vs. Troy (7-5)
- When:6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday
- Where: M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field
- Starting pitchers
- Cajuns: Fr. RHP Evan Guillory (1-0, 4.30)
- Trojans: Fr. RHP Cory Childress (2-0, 1.35)
- Cajuns: Sr. RHP Greg Milhorn (0-0, 4.91)
- Trojans: Jr. RHP Grant Bennett (2-0, 0.90)
- Cajuns: Fr. LHP Gunner Leger (2-0, 2.50)
- Trojans: TBA
- Radio play-by-play: 96.5 FM, Steve Peloquin
- TV: MyKLAF TV (Friday)
- Internet streaming options:ESPN3 (Friday)
- In-game Twitter updates: @LukeJohnsonAdv
- On deck:University of New Orleans, March 10, 6 p.m.
- In the hole:@ Southern, March 11, 6 p.m.
LINKS TO KNOW
- Cajuns aiming to keep hot streak going as SBC play opens with Troy
- Nick Thurman seeing his hard work pay off
- Four players to watch and the teams to beat in the Sun Belt
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
- The Cajuns get a chance to open SBC play against a solid Troy team, and they will definitely be tested in the series. The Cajuns have had an up-and-down beginning to the season as they’ve figured out how to integrate some of their youth, but they’ve been playing really solid baseball since losing in 17 innings to McNeese. A series win against a good team to open up conference play would further validate these youngsters’ growing confidence.
WHAT TO WATCH
- The Trojans have what has arguably been the best 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation through the first few weeks of the season in Childress and Bennett, who have combined to yield just five earned runs in 40 innings of work this season. The Cajuns roll into this series with hot bats, pounding out 35 hits in their three-game winning streak against some good pitching, but it’ll be a challenge on Friday and Saturday.
- Speaking of pitching, the Cajuns will start two freshmen on the mound this weekend in Gunner Leger and Evan Guillory. The two have, as coach Tony Robichaux loves to say, pitched “above their chronicalogical age” this season (yes, I know it should read chronological, but I’m consulting the Big Book of Robe-isms here). It’ll be interesting to see how they fare now that the games really start meaning something.
- Nick Thurman and Blake Trahan have been outstanding in the batter’s box lately. Trahan has reached base in nine of his last 12 plate appearances, and Thurman is among the league leaders in extra base hits (7) despite only having 35 at bats this season. Yes, he has an extra base hit percentage of .200.
- Greg Davis is working on a five-game hit streak and has reached safely in all 12 Cajuns games this season.
- I’m pretty sure the entire Troy team has taken to growing mustaches this season. Seriously, all of their pictures on the team website feature mustachioed men.
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT
- Troy burst out of the gates this season, winning seven of their first nine, but they’ve cooled some since then, losing three straight entering this weekend. They’re a balanced team, with the aforementioned duo of Childress and Bennett locking down the front end of the weekend and a lineup that features seven regulars batting .293 or better.
- TBA (Will post at the game)