It was only fair that after a pair of blowout wins this weekend that Kentucky would face some adversity on Sunday. UK (11-1) trailed twice against Louisiana Lafayette but battled back both times on their way to a 10-4 win over the Cajuns. The gritty win was the third of the weekend for the BatCats and seventh consecutive overall.
The win would not come easy, though. The Cajuns struck first in the second inning on a sac fly by Hunter Cantrelle. But as ULL would learn, the BatCats’ offense backs up their pitching staff. With two outs in the bottom of the second, Ryan Shinn tripled to score a pair of runs and give UK a 2-1 lead.
ULL would continue to threaten in the sixth inning. With one out, Daniel Lahare hit a groundball ten feet in front of the plate. Lewis picked it up and fired the ball past first base and into the outfield to allow Lahare to advance to third. It was fairly obvious that Lahare had interfered by stepping outside the line, but he was called safe with no interference. The bad break cost Justin Lewis and the Cats. Lahare would score on a passed ball to tie the game at two in the sixth. The Cajuns would add another run on a Monroe Moll RBI single to take the lead in the sixth inning.
The Cats would handle the deficit immediately. Behind a TJ Collett home run and some quality at-bats, UK scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Collett and Luke Heyer mashed today against the Cajuns. The two bombers combined to go 8/10 with one home run, four doubles, and four RBIs.
Collett’s final hit of the day was the exclamation point on an exciting win for the Cats. The sophomore slugger banged a double against the left-center wall to give UK a 9-4 lead in the 8th. Not to be outdone, Heyer added an RBI single to push the Cats to double-digits with a three-run eighth inning.
Despite facing their first deficit since Tuesday, the Cats bounced back to blowout the Rajun Cajuns. Each time ULL scored, UK doubled their opponent’s amount of runs the following half inning. Even though they challenged the UK pitching staff, the Cajuns had no way to keep up with an offense that scored 31 total runs over three games in Houston.