UL outfielders Gavin Bourgeois and Daniel Lahare have been both offensive and defensive leaders this season. Tim Buckley
For the longest time, Todd Lott waited.
One game after another would pass, and often he wouldn’t play.
In the meantime, Lott toiled. He read the Bible. At times, he even had conversations with himself.
“I just knew going home I had to look in the mirror and tell myself that it was my fault I wasn’t playing,” he said, “and (I) just kept coming and kept working while I wasn’t playing.”
All that patience and refusal to give in paid off Tuesday night, as Lott homered not once but twice in UL’s 7-6 non-conference win over Tulane on M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field at Russo Park.
The last time a Cajun had two homers in the same game was when Kennon Fontenot had a pair at Little Rock in April 2017.
“It’s not been easy to sit through all of that,” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux said, “but he (Lott) has done it and he’s kept with his approach, he’s kept working.”
Lott’s first homer, off a changeup, gave UL a six-run lead in the fifth inning.
His second, off a breaking ball, seemed like insurance as it put the Cajuns ahead 7-3 in the eighth.
But it turned out to be a policy that paid, as Trevor Jensen’s three-run homer off of closer Logan Stoelke with no outs in the ninth made it 7-6 before Stoelke finished things with a strikeout, a popup and a strikeout looking.
“I knew it was coming in the zone early,” Lott said of the throws he saw, “so I just tried to hit the ball where it was pitched and be aggressive with it.”
“He’s not gonna hit a home run every time that he hits,” Robichaux added, “but that was a good approach.”
Getting more aggressive was an decision Lott, who was appearing in just 21st game this season for the now 30-23 Cajuns, felt he had to make to improve on his .154 average.
The tact actually took hold last weekend at Texas State, where the sophomore from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, looked good hitting the ball to all parts of the field in batting practice.
He was rewarded with some pinch-hitting duty there, and responded with a homer in UL’s loss to the Bobcats on Sunday.
That in turn led to the start at designated hitter on Tuesday, leaving Lott with a sense of validation for how he responded to tough times.
“It speaks volumes,” he said, “because I had a lot of people in my corner just helping me through the situation and helping me tonight.”
After Daniel Lahare reached on a two-out double and moved to third on Hunter Kasuls’ double, UL took a 3-0 lead as Lahare scored on a wild pitch, Fontenot scored Kasuls with an RBI-triple and Fontenot came across on Zach LaFleur’s RBI-single.
The Cajuns made it 4-0 when Kole McKinnon was hit by Tulane starter Keagan Gillies and later scored on a wild pitch, and 5-0 after Gavin Bourgeois’ solo homer to left in the second.
UL’s second homer — Lott’s off of the brick on the scoreboard in left-center — made it 6-0.
The Cajuns, meanwhile, kept Tulane off the board for a while as Nick Lee worked the first 2.0 innings in a pre-planned short start, followed by 3.0 more from Grant Cox.
Cox left in the sixth after allowing a single, and Luke Glancy’s two-RBI single off Michael Leaumont made it 6-2 UL.
It was still 6-2 when Leaumont left with one out and a man on first in the top of the seventh, and reliever Dylan Moore — with that same baserunner at third — got out of the half-inning with a strikeout looking.
Glancy’s RBI-double in the eighth made it 6-3 UL, and Lott followed with his second homer, but even with Jensen’s homer in the ninth it wouldn’t be enough for the Green Wave.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Cajuns have now recorded their sixth straight season with at least 30 wins. … Lahare extended his hitting streak to 14 games — the best for any Cajun this season, topping Cantrelle by one game. … Tuesday marked the second time this year UL has had three homers in the same game, along with a series-ending win at Appalachian State. … Attendance (paid) was announced at 4,743.
IN THE BULLPEN
Robichaux said reliever Jack Burk is out this week due to arm soreness, but he may return next week for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. … Robichaux also said reliever Caleb Armstrong is out for the season, and will need repair — to what extent, it’s uncertain for now — to his ailing elbow. … If Lee returns to a starting role for the rest of the year, which seems likely, Robichaux said Moore will return to a closer role alongside Stoelke.
UL opens its final Sun Belt series of the regular season Thursday night at The Tigue against UL Monroe.
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