UL Softball Completes Series Sweep Of Coastal Carolina
The 16th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns softball team continued their dominance of Sun Belt Conference schools on Sunday, downing the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in their 2017 regular season home finale at Lamson Park.
Louisiana defeated Coastal Carolina, 8-0, in 5-inning mercy-rule fashion, to complete a three-game series sweep, all in mercy-rule fashion, giving them 6 series sweeps in the 7 conference series that they’ve played this season.
The Cajuns, who swept a doubleheader from Coastal Carolina on Saturday, winning by scores of 9-0 and 13-4, ended up outscoring the Panthers in the series, 30-4.
Those two wins on Saturday also clinched the 4th-consecutive regular season Sun Belt Conference title for Louisiana, as well as their 15th in the 17-year history of softball in the league.
The win extended the Cajuns’ current win streak to seven games, and their home win streak to 12 games, while giving them 22 wins in their last 23 games, and 29 in their last 31.
UL has also now won 26 of their last 27 conference games, dating back to last season.
The series triumph also pushed Louisiana’s conference series win streak to 36, a school and Sun Belt Conference record.
The Cajuns haven’t lost a league series since 2013, when they dropped 2-of-3 to South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.
Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, and in a big way, plating 5 runs on 3 hits in the bottom half of the first inning, including a bases load walk by Lexie Comeaux, a two-out 3-run double from Corin Voinche, and a two-out run-scoring single by Kelli Martinez, to give them a quick 5-0 lead.
Haley Hayden scored in the inning, giving her 244 career runs scored, which is a new school record, surpassing Nerissa Myers.
The 5 first inning runs by the Cajuns gave them 14 opening-inning runs in the three games.
Louisiana added two more runs in the bottom half of the 4th inning, when Daniella Chavez drove home a run with a double, before Voinche contributed a run-scoring single, to make it 7-0.
The two runs came with two outs in the frame, giving UL 6 two-out runs in the contest.
The Cajuns ended things in the bottom half of the 5th inning, when Comeaux singled off the fence in left with two outs, scoring the mercy-rule run, and ending things, as the Cajuns captured the 8-run triumph.
Louisiana, who outhit Coastal Carolina, 8-1, was led at the plate by Voinche, who went 2-for-3 with 4 runs batted in, and Comeaux, who drove home two runs.
Alex Stewart (20-3) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing only one hit in 5 shutout innings, while striking out a season-high 10 batters.
Stewart, who also won both ends of the doubleheader on Saturday, moved her career Sun Belt Conference record to an amazing 34-1.
Taylor Rahach (12-9) suffered the loss for the Chanticleers, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits, in 3.2 innings of work.
With the victory, Louisiana improved to 39-6, overall, and 20-1 in league play, while Coastal Carolina dropped to 29-22, and 7-16, respectively.
UL ended their season at home with a record of 30-5.
The Cajuns now lead the all-time series against the Chanticleers, 3-0, as the series marked the first meetings ever between the two schools.
Louisiana returns to action next weekend, when they travel to Monroe, La., to take on the ULM Warhawks in a three-game league series, representing the final three regular season games of the year.