LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team showed one of the nation’s hottest hitting teams that it can swing the bats, too.
The Ragin’ Cajuns put up a season-high 20 hits, posted their biggest run total since 2010 and scored in all but two innings on the way to an 18-6 win over previously unbeaten Texas-San Antonio on Friday.
UTSA (5-1) came into the game hitting .429 as a team and averaging 11.8 runs per game, but it was the Cajuns (5-1) who broke Friday’s game open with a seven-run fourth inning. ULL scored in each of the first five innings and added five more insurance runs in the seventh in its biggest run production since an 18-run tally against Alcorn State in 2010.
The 20 hits was also the highest since a 22-hit outing against UNO in 2009, and gives the Cajuns 32 hits and 30 runs in its last two games, including a 12-3 win over Northwestern State on Wednesday.
“The big thing is that we’re keeping the holes down in our lineup,” said Cajun coach Tony Robichaux, who recorded his 899th collegiate win. “If we give up six runs last year, I don’t know if we could recover.”
Robichaux will go for his 900th victory Saturday when the teams play the second of a three-game series at 2 p.m. at M. L. “Tigue” Moore Field.
ULL scored single runs off UTSA starter Michael Kraft (0-1) in each of the first three innings, and Blake Trahan’s leadoff homer in the fourth ignited the seven-run outburst. ULL had six hits, including a two-run Dylan Butler double, and also took advantage of two UTSA errors in the inning.
One inning later, Butler’s three-run homer made it 13-4, and Michael Strentz added a solo homer to lead off the five-run seventh.
UTSA touched Cajuns starter Chase Traffica for single runs in the first and third, and a two-run John Bormann single in the fifth inning brought on reliever Cord Cockrell (3-0), who got the win in pitching the next 11⁄3 innings and giving up one earned run.
Trahan and leadoff hitter Dex Kjerstad each had their first career four-hit games while Butler went 3-for-5 with a game-high six runs batted in. ULL relievers Matt Plitt, Kody Smith and Kendall Mayer combined to retire the last nine UTSA hitters in order.