ULL tops Central Michigan

LAFAYETTE — Dylan Butler and Michael Strentz drove in three runs apiece, Seth Harrison went 4-for-6 and scored three times and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball team scored seven runs in the sixth inning to blast Central Michigan 12-6 in a season opener Friday night at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.

UL-Lafayette had four doubles in the seven-run sixth, getting two, including a bases-clearing double for a 12-3 lead, from Butler alone.

Nick Regnier, who was 3-for-5 with two runs and five RBIs, hit a three-run home run to tie the game at 3-3 in the fifth inning before UL-Lafayette scored two runs — on a wild pitch and a passed ball with the bases loaded — in the fifth and broke open the game in the sixth.

“I thought what we did is what we have been seeing throughout the fall and early spring. We were able to swing the bat well and play good defense,” ULL coach Tony Robichaux said. “I think we will go as far as we can pitch. We have to keep working because that is where our inexperience is.

“Chase (Traffica) threw a great ball game for us and if it wasn’t for a hanging breaking ball he would have held them scoreless.”