UL Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Appalachian St.
The 9th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' softball team swept a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader from the Appalachian St. Mountaineers in Boone, North Carolina on Saturday, winning the first game, 21-5, before winning the second game, 23-6.
Louisiana, who has now won 9-consecutive games, also assured themselves of their 7th-consecutive series win.
The Cajuns, who have now scored double-digit runs in 8 of their last 11 games, won both games in five-inning mercy-rule fashion.
In the two wins, combined, the Cajuns scored 44 runs on 42 hits, while hitting 13 home runs.
In the first game, Louisiana crushed seven home runs, including three by Lexie Elkins, two by Samantha Walsh, and one each by Kelsey Vincent and Shellie Landry, as they cruised to the 16-run win.
The Cajuns outhit Appalachian St., 19-6, as Elkins went 4-for-5, while Walsh and Leandra Maly each went 3-for-4.
UL had a 7-run third inning, and then an 11-run fifth inning in the triumph.
Jordan Wallace (14-2) picked-up the win in the circle, allowing three hits and two runs over three innings, while Kaitlin Williford (4-2) suffered the loss for the Mountaineers.
In the second game, it was a little bit more of the same, as Louisiana outhit Appalachian St., 23-7, to breeze to the 17-run victory.
The Cajuns hammered six more homers, including two more from Elkins, giving her five on the day, and 25 on the year, two more from Vincent, and one each from Walsh and Hayley Hayden.
Kelli Martinez and Elkins each had four hits in the second game, while Hayden and Landry each had three.
Louisiana had a monster 14-run fifth inning to secure the win.
Alex Jordan (10-0) recorded the win for UL, allowing only one earned run, and staying unbeaten on the season, while Vanessa Ciocatto (3-10) was hit with the loss for the Mountaineers.
With the two wins, Louisiana improved to 34-5 on the season, and 17-3 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Appalachian St. dropped to 12-28, and 1-19, respectively.
The two teams will conclude their series on Sunday with a single game, weather permitting, at 11 am.