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Cajuns travel to Ruston to play Louisiana Tech Wednesday

Posted: 5:58 PM, Feb 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-19 23:45:16-05

LAFAYETTE (Press Release) – Louisiana will get its first taste of life on the road on Wednesday evening when it makes the short drive north to face Louisiana Tech at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

The game, which was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday night, will be Louisiana’s first of five-straight road games and one of two mid-week road contests against in-state opponents.

Sophomore Jacob Schultz (0-0) will make his first career start for Louisiana in Wednesday’s game, the third pitcher to make his Ragin’ Cajun starting debut this season. Schultz made one appearance during the Texas series out of the bullpen, giving up two hits and striking out one batter in 2.1 innings of work.

Louisiana (1-2) has momentum entering Wednesday’s contest after claiming an 8-6 victory over No. 23 Texas on Sunday afternoon. The Ragin’ Cajuns dropped the first two games of that series.

Junior Brennan Breaux was Louisiana’s top offensive performer on opening weekend, batting .364 (4-for-11) with a team-best four runs scored and an RBI. Senior Hunter Kasuls was the only other member of the team to hit over .300 against the Longhorns, going .308 (4-for-13) in his three starts with an RBI.

On the mound, Dalton Horton claimed the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first win of the 2019 campaign on the back of a 5.0 inning outing in which he sat down five batters and allowed just one run and three hits. Gunner Leger also made his much-anticipated return to the hill, striking out four batters in 5.0 innings of action.

Louisiana Tech (3-0) is coming off an offensive explosion in its opening-weekend sweep of Southeastern Louisiana, racking up 40 runs. Three different Bulldogs hit over .500 in the series, led by Taylor Young who went 6-for-9 with four RBI while drawing five walks.

Right-handed pitcher Matt Miller will get the start for the Bulldogs on Wednesday. Miller started for the Bulldogs on Friday, going only 1.2 innings after giving up five runs on six hits.

Louisiana leads the all-time series, 80-66, and has won six of the last 10 meetings between the two programs. Under head coach Tony Robichaux, the Ragin’ Cajuns are 29-12 against the Bulldogs.