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Tony Robichaux isn't satisfied

The Cajuns' head coach wants more out of his pitchers

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 2:35pm

Nothing cures the pain of a 1-and-3 week like an 11-run outburst and a nice midweek win like the one the Cajuns' baseball team picked up Wednesday night against Northwestern State.

The Cajuns pushed across double-digit runs for the seventh time in their last nine games. Obviously the bats are not the problem...

It's the arms that are giving head coach Tony Robichaux fits. UL failed to get the starting pitcher out of the first three innings again last night and had to used a heavy load of their bullpen two days before a big conference showdown with Middle Tennessee. The bullpen play is vital to success in Sun Belt action and the Cajun 'pen has been more popular than a Memphis rib joint lately.

The Cajuns did managed to notch win #13 Wednesday against the Demons but won't be so lucky if they continue to force the bullpen to eat up innings.

"Middle relief in baseball in college sucks", Coach Robichaux said on his My KLAF Coach's Show last Monday night. "I mean, that's the bottom line. You don't want to use middle relief because middle relief is a guy that can't start on the weekend and a guy that can't start in the middle of the week. So middle relief is bad."

"You know on the major league level they pay people millions of dollars to be mid relief", coach went on to say. "In college, you don't want these guys to be middle relief because in high school they were mostly starters."

UL will need a better effort out of their top arms this weekend when Middle Tennessee hits town. Coach Robe chatted with me today at practice about what's on deck for the Ragin Cajuns.