THE MIDWEEK GAME
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Location: Lafayette, La.
Site: M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field (3,755)
Time: 6 p.m
Opponent: Southern (9-8)
Radio: SportsRadio ESPN 1420-AM
Internet Broadcast Link: ESPN 1420-AM
Live Stats/Video: www.RaginCajuns.com
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
RHP Chase Traffica (UL) vs. RHP Camilo Godoy (SU)
Louisiana takes in its first midweek contest in three weeks when the Cajuns welcome Southern to M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field on Tuesday, March 19. The last midweek contest the Cajuns played was Feb. 27 vs. Nicholls State (W, 5-1).
The Cajuns began Sun Belt play with a sweep for the first time since 2007 by capturing all three games of the Sun Belt opening series with ULM last weekend. It was Louisiana's third series sweep (UTSA, SHU, ULM) through five weekends in 2013.
THE SOUTHERN SERIES (Louisiana leads 47-23-1)
After a brief hiatus from 2006-08, the series resumed in 2009 at "The Tigue". Series is 71 games old, but only 12 meetings have taken place since 1988 (a total of 59 meetings were held from 1988 and before). The Jaguars snapped the Cajuns eight-game series win streak with a 3-2 win on April 10, 2012 at Lee-Hines Field in Baton Rouge. The Cajuns are 7-0 vs. Southern at "The Tigue" under Tony Robichaux.
BULLPEN READY FOR WORK
Expect the Cajuns to use Tuesday's game as an opportunity to get the bullpen some innings after only one reliever was needed in the ULM sweep – Matt Hicks. All three Cajuns starting pitchers (Wilson, Robichaux, Boutte) worked seven-plus innings in the series.
CLOSING THE DOOR
Matt Hicks made it 7-for-7 in save situations, closing out the Saturday and Sunday games of the ULM series. Hicks' seven saves are a personal-best, two off the school single-season record (9, Justin Robichaux in 2008) and his 11 career saves is one off the career record (12, Kraig Schambough and Justin Robichaux).
RAISING THE BAR
Dating back to the start of the Sacred Heart series, Chase Compton is batting .500 (11-of-22) which has upped his season average from .222 prior to the SHU series to .347.
AN ARMY OF HITTERS
Eleven (11) different Cajuns have already piled up double digit hits.
Catcher Michael Strentz returned to action after a hand injury from the Sacred Heart series finale sidelined him during the Southern Miss series (March 8-10).
PUTTING STREAKS TOGETHER
Louisiana is riding a season-best five-game win streak into Tuesday's contest. It's the third win streak of at least four games.
Cajuns pitching limited ULM hitters to a .208 average and just 20 hits over 27 innings in the Sun Belt opening series...Cody Boutte came within two outs of a second complete game for the Cajuns, scattering six hits over 8 1/3 innings on Sunday... Ryan Wilson turned in a complete game in his first Friday night start at the Division I level...Tyler Girouard led Louisiana in hits (5) and RBI (4) for the second straight weekend series…Girouard hit .556 (5-of-9) in the ULM series, upping his season batting average to .429... Seth Harrison extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest streak since Mike Petello's 14-game streak in 2011…Harrison turned in multiple-hit performances the final two games of the series, upping his team-leading total to six multi-hit games...Freshman Blake Trahan is tied with Seth Harrison for the team lead in multi-hit games with six...Trahan has made 18 starts at shortstop and committed only two errors through 85 chances (35 PO, 48 A, 2 E)...Cody Boutte collected his 20th career victory as a collegiate pitcher in the ULM finale (posted 16 wins in combined stints at LSU-Shreveport and LSU-Eunice)…After five weeks of play the Cajuns run differential is +51, outscoring foes 129-78...Cajuns pitching has held the opposition to two runs or less eight times (8-0) and five runs or fewer 13 times (13-0)...Louisiana is 4-0 in games decided by one run.