Sun Belt Conference Softball Review – Week 5
The fifth weekend of Sun Belt Conference softball is in the books, and one undefeated team remains.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns opened their 4-game homestand on a high note, sweeping a three-game series from the Troy Trojans at Lamson Park.
The Cajuns won the opening game of the series, 3-1, before taking the second game, 11-0, prior to completing the sweep with another 11-0 triumph in the final game.
Louisiana, who has now won 33-consecutive Sun Belt Conference series’, hasn’t lost two games in a weekend in conference play since 2013, against South Alabama.
The Cajuns were impressive at the plate, scoring 25 runs and crushing 7 homers, while Alex Stewart recorded two wins in the circle, improving her career record to 28-1 in Sun Belt Conference play.
Louisiana is starting to peak at the right time.
As for Troy, I still say they're better than their record. They have 12 conference loses, with 6 coming by only one run, and two by only 2 runs.
The Trojans have some work to do to qualify for the postseason tournament, but they host series over the next two weeks, so they have a chance to make up some ground.
Texas St. swept three games from South Alabama, all in shutout-fashion. The Bobcats won by scores of 5-0, 1-0, and 3-0.
Randi Rupp tossed two complete-game shutouts, while winning a third game in relief, to improve to 19-5 on the season.
South Alabama, who has had issues scoring runs all season, has now scored just one run in their last six games against the Bobcats, having been shutout an incredible five times.
Georgia St. continued their impressive play, winning 2-of-3 from UTA in Atlanta. Georgia St. won the first two games (3-2 and 10-6), before UTA salvaged the final game on Sunday (7-3).
The Panthers, who have a good line-up, scored 16 runs in the three games, while the Mavericks picked-up maybe a key victory in the finale, moving them into 7th place in the standings, with the top 8 qualifying for the postseason tournament at year's end.
ULM swept a three-game series from Appalachian St., winning by scores of 2-0, 2-1, and 5-1.
That puts the Warhawks at 8-7 in league play, and into a fourth place tie with Georgia Southern, with still a few more weekends to solidify themselves as an upper-division team.
At 24-15, overall, ULM has quietly had an impressive season.
Appalachian St. is still winless, at 0-12, and their chances of qualifying for the postseason tournament look more slim every week.
Maybe the biggest surprise of the weekend was Georgia Southern's three game sweep over Coastal Carolina, winning by scores of 8-7, 8-0, and 9-1.
The three wins puts the Eagles in a fourth place tie with ULM, and may have nailed them down a spot in the postseason tournament.
The Chanticleers entered the weekend with the most overall wins in the league, but were outscored 25-8, while being mercy-ruled twice.
That's really kind of astounding.
The series was played in Statesboro, Georgia, but nobody would guessed the outcome(s).
After five weekends of conference play, Louisiana leads the way, at 12-0, followed by Texas St. (11-3), Georgia St. (11-4), ULM (8-7), Georgia Southern (8-7), Coastal Carolina (6-8), UTA (6-9), South Alabama (6-10), Troy (4-12), and Appalachian St. (0-12).