Zach LaFleur delivered the walk-off hit down the right sideline that brought Marco Ramos home in the bottom of the ninth. The contest was a low-scoring grind for both teams, as Louisiana took three separate one-run leads throughout the afternoon.
Troy took a quick 1-0 lead at the top of the first after Troy leadoff hitter, Matt Sanders, doubled to open the contest and was brought home via a sacrifice fly from Joey Denison. Then, the Ragin’ Cajuns got their first score at the bottom of the second due to a Troy error that allowed Louisiana outfielder Tyler Stover to score. After a grounder from Jonathan Windham later in the inning, Louisiana took their first lead of the contest at 2-1.
Both offenses would remain stagnant until the top of the fifth when Sanders tied the contest for the Trojans at 2-2. Then, Louisiana retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a Kennon Fontenot bunt that brought Gavin Bourgeois home.
The game’s third tie would come at the top of the eighth after Troy infielder Drew Frederic doubled into centerfield.
After a scoreless bottom of the eighth and top of the ninth, LaFleur’s walk-off gave Louisiana it’s first victory of the weekend, snapping a two-game losing streak.
Louisiana starting pitcher Colten Schmidt struck out four batters and held Troy’s offense to three runs on seven hits with zero walks. Logan Stoelke closed the contest on the mound, getting his second victory of the season for Lousiana and allowing just one hit in two innings. Louisiana registered seven total hits and had just three batters strikeout, while Troy’s had eight hits and five struck out batters. Fontenot was Louisiana’s most active baserunner, reaching base three times.
Louisiana will head to Metairie, Louisiana to play LSU in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. They will then play a three-game Sun Belt Conference series against Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Arkansas starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29.