Game 1 (Box Score)
Game 2 (Box Score)
HUNTSVILLE – It took a few extra days for the Bearkats to play their first home games of the season, but the Kats made it worth the wait. Clayton Harp hit a walk-off 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to take the opening game of a double header against Louisiana on Saturday. The Kats then completed the sweep in walkout fashion again in the night cap.
Harp scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th in the second game to give the Kats (4-1 overall) back-to-back walk-off wins against the Ragin Cajuns (1-5). In the first game, the Kats scored nine runs in the final three innings, rallying from 6-0 down and 8-5, winning it 9-8. The Kats rallied from 5-0 down in the opener to take it 7-5.
“It was a crazy day,” said Matt Deggs. “It was a day where it was back and forth and no lead was safe. But on the flip side of that, we made some big pitches when we had to and came up with some big hits when we needed them.”
In the opener, the homer for Harp was his second of the day. The first got the rally started for the Bearkats. Trailing 5-1 in the 7th, Harp delivered a 3-run shot to cut the Cajun lead to one.
“I wasn’t looking to do too much,” Harp said of the winning home run. “We had a runner on first and I was just looking to get him over. I felt like I put a good swing on the ball. I was feeling confident going up there after hitting that first one.”
Game 2 was a lot of the same for the Bearkats. The Ragin Cajuns jumped out the early lead scoring a run in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth to open up a 6-0 lead. The Kats finally got the scoring going in the seventh.
With the bases loaded they took advantage of a fielding miscue by UL on a short tapper to the mound. A throwing error trying to get the force out at the plate allowed Grisham and Jordan Cannon to score. RBIs by Chase Cryer and Jack Rogers cut the lead to two. Harp then scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 6-5
The Ragin Cajuns tacked on a pair of runs in the top half of the 8th to extend the lead back out to three, but SHSU answered right back. Grisham and Diego Davila each singled, and Gavin Johnson followed with a towering homer to right center to tie the game at 8.
In the bottom of the 9th, Harp’s winning run was set up by a Hunter Hearn single to move Harp to third following his leadoff single.
The finale of the three game series will be played Sunday at 1 p.m.