Cajuns Drop #18 Sam Houston, 2-0
Gunner Leger and two relievers combined on a two hit shutout as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns defeated #18 Sam Houston State 2-0 Friday night at Don Sanders Stadium in Huntsville, TX.
Leger worked the first six innings, allowing just two hits. He walked one and struck out six. He threw 66 pitches, 49 of them for strikes. He was only in trouble in the sixth but left fielder Kennon Fontenot made a spectacular play on a catch while running into the left field wall to preserve the shutout.
"He (Leger) was really good tonight," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "He said he was a little tired so we got the pen up."
Colton Lee came on in the seventh but left after failing to throw a strike in his six pitch outing. Dylan Moore relieved Lee and got a strikeout and Fontenot made back to back solid plays in left to save a run from scoring.
Moore earned his second save after pitching three shutout innings. The save was the 29th of the junior's career, just two shy of the Sun Belt Conference record held by Hugh Adams of Florida Atlantic.
The Cajuns got a run in the second inning off SHSU starter Heath Donica (1-1) when Alex Pinero got the Cajuns going with a one out single. After Tyler Stover lined out, Fontenot singled and Jam Williams followed with an infield single to load the bases. Brenn Conrad was then hit by a pitch to force in Pinero with the game's first run. Donica, who threw a one hit shutout with 14 strikeouts in the season opener last week against Nevada, worked seven strong innings allowing just four hits, striking out eleven.
"We had much better at-bats tonight," Robichaux said "We still struck out a lot, but we hit some balls really hard. We just need to continue to let the game come to us."
The 13th ranked Cajuns (2-2) got a big insurance run in the ninth inning when Pinero singled and was sacrificed to second by Stover. Pinch hitter Todd Lott then delivered a two out single to right field plating Pinero.
"We finally got a timely hit at a crucial time of the game," Robichaux said. That run was big because it allowed us to stay with D-Mo in the ninth. They got the lead runner on, but that run didn't mean anything thanks to the big hit."
Sam Houston (2-3) threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Andrew Fregia led off with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Fregia moved to third on a deep fly ball to Zach Lafleur in center, but a flyout to Fontenot in left field ended the game.
Right hander Nick Lee (1-0) will get the start for the Cajuns tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm. The game can be heard on 96.5 KPEL-FM with pre-game beginning at 2:30.