UL Softball Splits Doubleheader With Alabama
The 5th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with the 4th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, dropping the opener, 5-1, before taking the second game, 2-1.
In the first game, Alabama scored the first four runs of the game, and out-hit Louisiana, 7-3, as they went on to the four-run victory, snapping UL's season-opening 14-game win streak.
Haylie McCleney led the way at the plate for the Crimson Tide, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Sydney Littejohn (6-0) picked-up the win for Alabama, tossing a complete-game three-hitter, while walking three and striking out five.
Christina Hamilton (3-1) was tabbed with the loss for Louisiana, allowing six hits and four runs, three earned, over five innings of work.
In the second game, the Crimson Tide scored first, when Leona Lafaele tripled to lead off the bottom of the third inning, and then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Chandler Dare, giving them a 1-0 lead.
The Cajuns tied it, 1-1, in the top of the fourth, when Samantha Walsh belted a solo home run over the left-field fence, before grabbing the lead in the top half of the fifth, when Hayley Hayden singled, and later scored on a clutch two-out single by Walsh, giving them a 2-1 advantage.
Alabama had runners at first and second in the bottom of the seventh, but Jordan Wallace (6-0) got out of it, coaxing McCleney to bounce out to second to end the game with runners at second and third, as UL earned the split.
Walsh paced Louisiana at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's, while Wallace recorded the win in the circle, allowing only five hits and one run, along with three walks and six strikeouts, over seven innings.
Alexis Osorio (5-2) suffered the loss for Alabama.
With the split, the Cajuns are now 15-1 on the season, while the Crimson Tide currently stand at 14-4.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 1 o'clock.
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