UL Lafayette's Joe Robbins (Aaron Fitt)


Fitt: Cajuns Finding Their Identity


LAFAYETTE, La. — Things couldn’t have gone much worse for UL Lafayette on Wednesday night at Southeastern Louisiana. After resuming a suspended game and losing on a walk-off homer, the Ragin’ Cajuns looked as bad as they possibly could in a 15-3 loss later that night. The offense was out of sync, and the pitching was a disaster, hitting nine batters and walking 10 others.

But the Cajuns couldn’t have responded to that ugly day any better. They returned to Lafayette and had a great practice on Thursday, and then they opened a big series against South Alabama with a dominating 11-1 win on Friday.

“I thought they took a step in maturity, because they could have come out really feeling sorry for themselves. We had a TV game, we laid an egg, we really embarrassed the name across our chest,” Louisiana coach Tony Robichaux said. “Tonight they came back out. But it started in the practice yesterday. I thought they stretched with intent, they took the field with intent, they didn’t take it with moping like there were some lingering effects. They really flushed it and came back out and got to work, and hopefully we can flush it again tonight, because one win doesn’t win you the series.”

No, it doesn’t, but it’s a darn good place to start. And fortunately for the Cajuns, they have a leg up on just about everybody they play on Fridays, because they have Gunner Leger.

“You just kind of know that Friday night, we played a bad game on Wednesday, you can put it back in Gunner’s hands,” Robichaux said. “He’s just an exceptional guy. He’s what you want when you call somebody a Friday night starter.”

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