Apparently it was time for spring cleaning.
The Cajuns busted out the brooms to sweep Georgia State — their first Sun Belt series sweep of the season — and, considering the brand of baseball they were playing going into the series, the way they did it was impressive.
Remember, the Cajuns committed four errors in Tuesday’s loss to LSU. I say remember, because it seems like a distant memory after they played rock-solid defense behind excellent pitching all weekend. But the strong performances in the field masked another lackluster weekend at the plate.
1. BRAD ANTCHAK
The junior-college product was pushed into everyday duty thanks to a broken hand suffered by freshman Hunter Kasuls. While that’s not the best circumstance, he showed why the Cajuns signed him this weekend by making some tremendous plays, including one of the better diving catches you’ll ever see.
2. BOUNCE BACK THURSDAY
Wyatt Marks was roughed up in his previous two starts entering the weekend (combined 5 IP, 12 H, 9 ER), but he came back on just four days’ rest to throw 6.2 strong innings in the series opener. When Marks is on like he was Thursday, he might be the hardest pitcher to hit on the staff, and it was good to see him rebound.
3. 27 INNINGS, ZERO ERRORS
After committing a season-high four errors in the loss to LSU, the Cajuns looked focused in the field against the Panthers. Not only did they not commit an error in the series, but they also turned five double plays. Even though Georgia State out-hit the Cajuns, they couldn’t bring runs home because of this.
1. NOT TOP FORM
The Cajuns did not have a good weekend at the plate, but the top half of the order really struggled. The No. 1 through 4 hitters combined to go 6-for-42 at the dish against Georgia State. That’s a .143 batting average, and that is not going to cut it. At least those six hits counted: They drove in eight runs.
2. SITUATIONAL BASEBALL
This might be nitpicky, but it’s emblematic of some of the Cajuns’ problems. In the first inning Friday, Brian Mills reached on a leadoff walk. Then Brenn Conrad popped up a sac bunt, and Mills was caught stealing. What happened next? Joe Robins hit a home run. The Cajuns need to improve situationally.
3. GROUND RULE HOME RUN
Let’s avoid going down the rabbit hole discussing the strike zone Friday and focus on Joe Robbins’ “home run” in the first inning of the opener. That ball bounced in the outfield. It was clearly not a home run. Everyone could see it. Everyone except the umpires, and that was the difference in a two-run Cajuns win.
THE LIGHTER SIDE
CRAZY STAT OF THE WEEKEND
2: Games in this series in which the Cajuns had more runs than hits. That’s not supposed to happen in a sweep — unless you’re the sweepee.
OUT-OF-CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE YEAR
“Just think about that: If you’re a good country western singer, you own 50 pair of cowboy boots. That’s a great profession.” — Tony Robichaux
PRESS-BOX FOOD CONSUMED
Let’s stick with Saturday alone: one bagel with cream cheese, one glazed donut, one donut with chocolate icing and a Chris’ roast beef poboy. What is self-control?