March 3, 2004
LAFAYETTE- Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns defeated Siena 9-3 Wednesday night at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette.
Fans saw a pitching carousel for both squads as a total of thirteen hurlers were used to decide the game.
France Cardinale took his first win of the season for Louisiana-Lafayette by pitching one inning, allowing one run on one hit while striking out a batter.
James Pacifice surrendered two runs on three hits working 2/3 of an inning and taking the loss for Siena.
Ryan Core got the Cajuns on the board first when he turned on a 2-2 pitch and drove it over the right field wall with one gone in the bottom of the second.
Siena answered with one run in the top of the fourth when Billy Lazio and Tony Cippolla both singled. Lazio would later score on fielder's choice
In the bottom of the fourth, Jason Rodriguez walked and advanced to second on a passed ball before Brad Saloom also drew a walk on a full count.
Justin Bourque lined a single into right center scoring Justin Merendino, who doubled to center to start the bottom of the fifth.
In inning six, Brad Saloom laid down a bunt single to reach first and came around to score on a Tatford double. Tatford moved over to third on a Devon Bourque single to left. Bourque stole second. Leadoff hitter John Coker drew a walk on a 3-1 count to load the bases for Merendino who took ball four earning the RBI bringing the score to 4-2.
Saints designated hitter Brian Schmotzer opened the top of the seventh with a solo shot over the right field wall pulling Siena to within one.
Five runs scored in the seventh would add the exclamation point on the victory for UL Lafayette. The Cajuns looked to add insurance as Jason Rodriguez led off with a walk and stole second. Rodriguez moved over to third on a Justin Bourque sacrifice bunt. Saloom would single into left center, plating Rodriguez. Saloom stole second before Devon Bourque and Coker both walked to load the bases. Saloom crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Merendino turned on a 2-2 pitch and roped it down the first base line for a double scoring two more. Merendino came around to the plate when Landry slapped a single to center.