The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team opened the 2021 season on the road.
The Tulane Green Wave defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns 3-2 in a 10-inning affair.
It was a two-run single from Tulane’s Luis Aviles that sealed the win.
How It Happened:
Hayden Durke got the start at the mound for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Durke went five innings and allowed one hit with five strikeouts. He did not give up a run in his time.
It was a pitching duel between Durke and Tulane’s Braden Olthoff. Olthoff struck out seven batters in 5.1 innings pitched.
The first score of the game came in the top of the seventh inning. Ragin’ Cajuns’ Connor Kimple homered to left field to put Louisiana up 1-0.
Tulane responded in the bottom of the same inning. Trevor Minder scored off a walk by Louisiana pitcher Connor Cooke.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into extra innings.
Louisiana took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning after Brennan Breaux was walked. Kimple scored the go-ahead run.
Aviles singled to left field in the bottom of the inning to drive in the game-winning runs. Both Ethan Groff and Jared Hart scored on the single by Aviles as the Green Wave opened their season 1-0.
Player of the Game: Braden Olthoff
Olthoff held strong in his start for Tulane. He pitched slight over five innings and did not give up a run. He allowed five hits on 23 batters faced. Olthoff dueled with Durke and struck out seven Ragin’ Cajuns.
Up Next: Louisiana will play at Tulane for game two of the three-game series, Saturday Feb. 20; First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.