By Chase Huval

The fuse ran out and Louisiana exploded last week in The New Alex Box Stadium. LSU’s new state of the art baseball park helped everyone to enjoy the game a little bit more, all except LSU that is. Your Ragin’ Cajuns toppled the then-No. 3 ranked Tigers 10-9 in a fantastic display of baseball.

 

The Cajuns had not defeated an opponent ranked so highly since a 3-2 victory over South Carolina in the Columbia, S.C., NCAA Super Regional in 2000. 
 
UL (6-9-1) went across the bridge to face in-state rival LSU(11-3). Alex Fuselier proved that he was worth the heavy recruitment. The true freshman’s fuse ran out and he had a monster night, both on the mound and swinging the bat. He manned the mound for 4.1  innings and allowed five runs, on six hits with two strikeouts. Fuselier also hit the ball well, putting the Cajuns in scoring positions and even scoring. 
 
The Cajuns quickly silenced a hostile crowd when Travis Whipple belted a three-run homer over the new right field of the New Alex Box Stadium, giving the Cajuns an early 3-0 lead. It was his first career home run.
 
Alex Fuselier dug himself into a hole when he faced a two on, one out situation, but the crafty Cajun forced a 5-4-3 double play off of LSU’s Sean Ochinko. The Tigers finally got on the board with a sacrifice fly from Tyler Hanover, who brought in Micah Gibbs. The rain then delayed the contest for 58 minutes.
 
But even the torrential downpour wasn’t enough to douse the Cajuns hot bats, as Thad Griffen stepped up to the plate and belted the Cajuns second three-run homer of the game, also his first career home run. Fuselier furthered the lead to 8-1, coming in from third off of Les Smith’s infield single.
 
The Tigers offense picked up in the top of the fourth with some help from Fuselier, who walked first two batters and both scored, the former on a double by Hanover and the latter off of a sacrifice fly. The Cajuns piled on another run in the fifth. The point came from poor ball handling by the No. 3 team in the nation, with Chad Keefer scoring on bad pitch and catch by the defense.

LSU then got their act together and Sean Ochinko redeemed himself from the double play by belting a two-run homer in the eighth off of Luke Wagley. The Cajuns took the plate in the ninth inning with a score of 9-9. Senior Scott Hawkins put Louisiana on his back and blasted a lead-off homer to put the Cajuns ahead. Blake Wascom held the Tigers for the victory.

The Cajuns host a UALR for a weekend series starting on Friday at 6:30.