UL Softball Stays Unbeaten, Beats Eastern Illinois, 9-0
The 9th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball team ran their season-opening win streak to four games on Sunday, blanking the Eastern Illinois Panthers in mercy-rule fashion, 9-0, in five innings, on the final day of the Louisiana Classics at Lamson Park.
Louisiana, who won three of their four games over the weekend in mercy-rule fashion, outscored their opponents, 40-0, in the process.
The Cajuns, got on the scoreboard first, in the top of the first inning, when Hayley Hayden led off with a walk, before Shellie Landry followed with a two-run homer, giving them a quick 2-0 lead.
Aleah Craighton made it 3-0 with a solo home run in the top of the second, before Meagan Thomas singled, and later scored on a single off the bat of Hayden, to extend the UL advantage to 4-0.
Louisiana added three more runs in the top half of the third inning, with Craighton and DJ Sanders both driving home runs, to up the lead to 7-0.
Hayden then gave the Cajuns the necessary mercy-rule runs, delivering a two-out double in the top half of the fifth inning, scoring Thomas and Sanders, to make it 9-0.
That wrapped-up the scoring, as UL cruised to the 5-inning win.
Hayden led the way at the plate for Louisiana, going 3-for-3, with a double, a run scored, and three RBI's, while Thomas went 3-for-3, along with a stolen base, and two runs scored.
Alex Stewart (2-0), who pitched two perfect innings, recorded the victory, with Jordan Wallace and Kylee Jo Trahan each tossing an inning of relief.
Those three combined on a two-hit shutout, striking out 11, with no walks.
With the victory, Louisiana improved to 4-0, while Eastern Illinois slipped to 2-3.
Landry, Craighton, and Wallace, along with Kelsey Vincent Kelli Martinez were all named to the Louisiana Classics All-Tournament Team, while Hayden, who went 7-for-12, along with three homers, four RBI's, three walks, and a stolen base was named the Most Outstanding Player.