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Mr. Justin Michael Robichaux
200 Theatre Drive Apt. 135
Lafayette, LA 70503
|Director of Baseball Operations 2018
Baseball: Strong Start For Cajuns
Offensive attack leads way in 15-7 win
For UL head coach Tony Robichaux, February baseball is about playing all three facets of the game well.
For Justin Robichaux, it's already a February to remember.
The younger Robichaux began his collegiate baseball career with a three-run homer in his first at-bat and finished with three hits, part of a 14-hit attack that led the Cajuns to a season-opening 15-7 win over Nicholls State Tuesday night at Moore Field.
The Cajuns (1-0) had five players with multiple hits, got good enough pitching and took advantage of five Nicholls errors - three of them in the outfield - in a workmanlike first effort.
"Our hitters did a great job of setting a tempo," said the elder Robichaux, opening his 20th collegiate season but his first with his son on the roster. "When you can hit at one through nine in the lineup, it has an effect on your opponents' pitchers."
It definitely had an effect at the bottom of the lineup, with Robichaux and Devon Bourque teaming for seven hits from the eighth and ninth slots.
"When guys can turn the lineup over like that, we can use the speed guys that we have at the top," said Bourque after his four-hit game. "It puts a lot of pressure on the defense."
Nicholls (0-1) had enough trouble defensively, with the Colonels committing four errors in the last four innings. Three came on fly balls that weren't handled, and helped UL score eight runs and break open a game that didn't look to be that close at the start.
The Cajuns bolted out to a 6-0 first-inning lead, the last three on Robichaux's towering home run over the left-field scoreboard.
"That felt unbelievable," Robichaux said. "I was looking for something to drive, and I got a fast ball pretty much belt high."
That came off losing pitcher Justin Breaux (0-1), who allowed seven hits in three innings and walked three, all of which scored. NSU's Michael Bartek slowed UL's attack until the seventh, when UL had only one hit but took advantage of the Colonel errors.
"If they'd played better defense, it would have been a lot closer," Tony Robichaux said. "Playing this early in the season can be volatile, and you have to try to play well in all three facets of the game."
Cajun starter Buddy Glass (1-0) retired the Colonels in order in his first two innings but was touched for one run in the third and three more in the fourth. He scattered six hits and fanned three in five innings, with Greg Harmon pitching the middle two innings and Danny Farquhar giving up only one hit and fanning three in the final two for the save.
"Buddy's obviously not comfortable yet," Tony Robichaux said. "Greg probably should have gotten out of his inning, but Danny came in and did a good job. It's probably tougher this early on the pitchers with the weather we've had."
Tuesday's opener was also UL's only home game in its first five, with the Cajuns heading for Texas-San Antonio for a three-game weekend series
Originally posted Feb. 14, 2007
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