Caleb Adams hits three homers as ULL drops Sacred Heart, 8-2

LAFAYETTE — In just the fourth start of his Louisiana-Lafayette career, Caleb
Adams put his name in the Ragin’ Cajun baseball record book Saturday.

The sophomore blasted three home runs, part of a four-homer attack, as the Cajuns rolled to an 8-2
victory over Sacred Heart in the middle game of a three-game series at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.

Adams, a sophomore from Texarkana, Texas, had two-run homers in the second and fifth innings for the Cajuns (10-2), who had survived a 4-2 win in Friday’s series opener against the Pioneers (0-2). Adams then led off the eighth inning with a solo shot to become the eighth player in ULL history to record three home runs in a game.

“I haven’t had three homers in a game since I was 12,”
Adams said. “(Assistant) coach (Matt) Deggs told me they were throwing a lefthander and he was going to work me outside, so I was looking for that.”

The last three-homer game by a ULL player was in 2007 when Kolin Hatfield had three at Florida International. No Cajun had three home runs at Moore Field since Papo Ramos did that against McNeese State in 1992.

“He has a lot of strength,” ULL coach Tony Robichaux said of Adams. “He’s part of a big group of outfielders that we have and he’s been doing a lot of good things. We’re very deep there, and having all those guys is going to help us in the long run.”

The Cajuns and Pioneers wrap up their series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Sacred Heart will play two games at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium on Wednesday, facing Stephen F. Austin at
1 p.m. and LSU at 6:30 p.m.

Adams’ first homer came with one out in the second after Ryan Wilson’s single and gave ULL a 3-0 lead following Michael Strentz’s RBI single in the first inning.

Strentz also singled and scored in the third on Wilson’s sacrifice fly, and led off the fifth with a solo homer that made it 5-1. Logan Preston then drew a walk, and two outs later, Adams chased Sacred Heart starter Nick Leiningen (0-1) with an opposite-field homer to right-center.

Pioneer relievers Dan Wertz and Nick Morrissey slowed the Cajuns attack after that, until Adams led off the eighth with a towering shot down the left-field line that stayed just fair.

“Our hitters did a good job versus a soft-throwing lefty,” Robichaux said of Leiningen. “That’s the kind of guy you want pitching on a windy day like this, but our guys were doing a good job of lifting the ball and not being spin guys. If you start spinning on a guy like that, he can be tough against you.”

ULL’s 12-hit attack was more than enough for starter Cody Boutte (3-0), who scattered seven hits and fanned five in five innings of work. He allowed a lone run in the fifth when Jesus Medina, Jonathan Servilla and Keaton Flint had consecutive singles, and left after John Murphy’s leadoff double in the sixth.

Reliever Nick Zaunbrecher threw three innings, giving up only a solo home run to Murphy to lead off the eighth, and Kendall Mayer retired the Pioneers in the ninth without a hit.