Freshman Jonathan Windham drove a two-out RBI into centerfield to deliver the Ragin’ Cajuns first walk-off victory of the season over #13 Louisiana State University on Wednesday night in an extra 10th inning.
The game was an emotional rollercoaster for both teams down the stretch. LSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the top of the 1st and held that advantage throughout much of the contest. Louisiana had an opportunity for a quick second-inning response, but left all three runners stranded with the bases loaded after three consecutive strikeouts from LSU starter A.J. Labas.
Frustration mounted amongst the raucous crowd at M.L. Tigue Moore Field , as Louisiana’s offense struggled. One audience member yelled out audibly, “Swing the bat, let’s go!,” to great approval from those around him.
Louisiana broke through to erase the deficit in the bottom of the 8th, after junior Hunter Kasuls‘ two-run bunt gave the Ragin’ Cajuns a 2-1 lead. Hayden Cantrelle would bring Kasuls home later on a two-out single into centerfield to give Louisiana a 3-1 advantage.
Subsequently, LSU pinch hitter Austin Bain had the response for LSU, with a clutch hit into centerfield for a game-tying two-run double in the top of the 9th.
After a scoreless bottom of the 9th and top of the 10th, the Ragin’ Cajuns broke the tie with their walk-off in the bottom of the 10th. They loaded the bases with a single from Daniel Lahare and walks to Kasuls and Cantrelle. Then, Windham’s strike into centerfield delivered the winner.
In a much-needed victory for the team after a shaky seven-loss start to the season, Louisiana outhit LSU 11-6 for the game, and starting pitcher Colten Schmidt struck out five LSU batters and held LSU to five hits and one run in eight innings, a career high. He was replaced by Logan Stoelke, who finished the game with two strikeouts, giving up one run and two hits.
Gavin Bourgeois, Lahare, Cantrelle and Kasuls led the team’s offense, each tallying two hits for the contest. Bourgeois’ on-base streak now stands at seven games.
Labas finished with three strikouts and four hits surrendered for LSU. All four LSU relief pitchers (Devin Fontenot, Taylor Peterson, Nick Bush and Austin Bain) combined for 11 strikeouts and surrendered seven hits.
Louisiana is now 5-7. They will look toward an upcoming three-game, non-conference series at home against South Alabama, starting at 6:30 p.m. on March 9 and extending through the weekend daily, with games at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The opening game on Friday will air on Cox Sports Television and stream on ESPN3 outside of the CST viewing area.