UL freshman outfielder Aleah Craighton

 

The 7th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team recorded another victory on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Idaho St. Bengals, 6-0, in the final game of the 2015 Mardi Gras Classic at Lamson Park.

The two wins extend Louisiana’s season-opening win streak to nine games, and gave them five wins in five tries in the tournament.

The Cajuns got on the scoreboard first, when Shellie Landry blasted a solo home run in the top half of the first inning, giving them a quick 1-0 lead.

Louisiana extended their advantage to 3-0 in the top half of the third inning, when Haley Hayden and Landry belted back-to-back homers, making it 3-0.

UL added one more in the fifth, and two more in the seventh, to conclude the scoring.

That was more than enough for senior right-hander Jordan Wallace (3-0), who tossed a complete-game one-hitter, striking out 9 batters in the process.

Wallace was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament, allowing no runs and only one hit over 16 innings, while recording two wins, a save, and 30 strikeouts.

Hayden and Landry, along with Aleah Craighton and Kelli Martinez, were all named to the all-tournament team.

The Cajuns, who out-scored opponents, 49-1, in the tournament, have now out-scored the opposition, 89-1, through their first nine games of 2015.

With the win, Louisiana improved to 9-0 on the young season, while Idaho St. fell to 3-7.

The Cajuns will return to action on Friday, when they take on Iowa and Hofstra n the first day of play in the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational at Lamson Park.