UL Softball Wins Two On Sunday
The 19th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team recorded two more wins on Saturday, in the third and final day of play in the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational at Lamson Park.
Louisiana defeated the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in their first game of the day, 18-0, before downing the Alcorn St. Braves, 14-4, in their second game of the day.
UL won both games in 5-inning mercy-rule fashion. They won 5 of the 6 games that they played over the weekend via the mercy rule, while outscoring the opposition in the 6 games by a combined score of 71-6.
The two victories pushed the Cajuns’ current win streak to seven games, while moving their record in the tournament to a perfect 6-0, after defeating Alcorn St. (8-0) and North Dakota St. (8-2) on Friday, before capturing mercy-rule wins over North Dakota St. (15-0) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-0) on Saturday.
In the opener, Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, and in a big way, plating 3 runs on 4 hits in the top half of the first inning, getting RBI singles from Aleah Craighton, DJ Sanders, and Daniella Chavez, as they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead.
The Cajuns put the game completely away in the top half of the 3rd inning, scoring 11 runs on 10 hits, including run-scoring singles from Kassidy Zeringue, Kara Gremillion, and Chavez, sacrifice fly RBI's off the bats of Lexie Comeaux and Hayley Hayden, and a 3-run home run by Comeaux, to widen their advantage to 14-0.
For Comeaux, it was her 5th homer of the season, and her 4th of the tournament, to go along with 11 runs batted in the event.
The Cajuns added more two insurance runs in the top half of the 4th inning, when Sarah Arceneaux doubled home a couple of runs, to make it 16-0.
Louisiana concluded the scoring in the top half of the 5th inning, scoring twice more, including a solo home run by Jaime Landry, her first career long ball, to make it 18-0.
That was more than enough for the Cajuns, as they went on to the 18-run, 5-inning, mercy-rule triumph.
Louisiana, who outhit Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 19-1, was led at the plate by Hayden, Sanders, and Chavez, who each collected 3 hits, while Comeaux and Landry added homers, marking the 6th-consecutive game in which the Cajuns have hit multiple long balls.
Alyssa Denham (6-1) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, tossing three innings of hitless shutout softball.
Liz Carter (4-7) suffered the loss for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, allowing 14 runs on 14 hits in 3 innings of work.
With the triumph, Louisiana improved to 16-4, while Texas AM-Corpus Christi slipped to 5-13.
In the second game, just as they did in the opener, Louisiana jumped on top early, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the first inning, including a solo home run by Hayden, her third of the year, and a 2-out RBI single by Chavez, to grab a quick 2-0 lead.
The Cajuns added another run in the bottom half of the 2nd inning, when Comeaux crushed a solo homer, to widen their lead to 3-0.
For Comeaux, it was her 6th homer of the season, and her 5th of the tournament, to go along with 12 runs batted in the event.
Alcorn St. took the lead in the top half of 3rd inning, when Jessica Crum knocked a 3-run home run to tie it, before Victoria Tyler followed with a solo shot, to give them a 4-3 advantage, the first time Louisiana had trailed all weekend.
UL answered right back, and in a big way in the bottom half of the 3rd inning, pushing across 11 runs on 9 hits, including yet another homer by Comeaux, this one a 3-run shot, her second of the game, 6th of the weekend, and 7th of the season, to help them to a commanding 14-4 lead.
That would be more than enough, as the Cajuns went on to the 5-inning, 10-run mercy-rule victory.
Louisiana, who outhit Alcorn St., 15-5, was paced at the plate by Zeringue, who went 3-for-3, while Comeaux (twice), Gremillion and Hayden each homered, marking the 7th-consecutive game in which the Cajuns have hit multiple long balls.
Comeaux drove in 4 runs for Louisiana, while Chavez contributed 3.
Alex Stewart (7-2) picked-up the win in the circle for the Cajuns, tossing 1.1 of perfect softball in relief.
Ambria Doresy (0-4) suffered the loss for Alcorn St., allowing 8 runs on 11 hits in 2-plus innings.
With the victory, Louisiana improved to 17-4 on the season, while Alcorn St. slipped to 3-13.
The Cajuns return to the diamond on Tuesday, weather permitting, when they play host to the Baylor Bears in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 4 o'clock.
You can hear both games on ESPN 1420 and espn1420.com, beginning with the pregame show at 3:45 pm.