UL Softball Extends Win Streak With Two Wins On Saturday
The 19th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team recorded two more wins on Saturday, in the second day of play in the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational at Lamson Park.
Louisiana defeated the North Dakota St. Bison in their first game of the day, 15-0, before downing the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, 8-0, in their second game of the day.
UL won both games in mercy-rule fashion, winning the first game in 5 innings, and the second game in 6 innings.
The two victories pushed the Cajuns’ current win streak to five games, while moving their record in the tournament to a perfect 4-0, after defeating Alcorn St. (8-0) and North Dakota St. (8-2) on Friday.
In the opener, Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, and in a big way, plating 7 runs on 4 hits in the top half of the first inning, getting two runs RBI's apiece from Beth Ashley, Lexie Comeaux, and Kelli Martinez, as they jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead.
The Cajuns added another run in the top half of the third inning, when Kara Gremillion singled home Kassidy Zeringue, to make it 8-0.
Louisiana put the game completely away in the top half of the 4th inning, scoring five runs on five hits, including a solo home run by DJ Sanders, her third of the tournament, and her 9th of the season, to widen their advantage to 13-0.
The Cajuns added two insurance runs in the top half of the 5th inning, when Comeaux crushed a 2-run homer, her 3rd of the season, to make it 15-0.
That was more than enough for the Cajuns, as they went on to the 15-run, 5-inning, mercy-rule triumph.
Louisiana, who outhit North Dakota St., 14-1, was led at the plate by Comeaux and Sanders, who both homered, while Comeaux drove in 4 runs, and Martinez went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI's.
Alex Stewart (5-2) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, tossing three innings of hitless shutout softball.
KK Leddy (1-4) suffered the loss for North Dakota St., allowing 7 runs on 4 hits in only one-third of an inning.
With the triumph, Louisiana improved to 14-4, while North Dakota St. 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 top half of the first inning, including a sacrifice fly run batted in off the bat of Beth Ashley, to grad a quick 2-0 lead.
The Cajuns added another run in the top of the 2nd inning, when Gremillion crushed a solo homer, her second of the season, to widen their lead to 3-0.
UL pushed across another run in the top half of the 3rd inning, when Sanders smashed a solo homer, her 4th of the tournament, and her 10th of the season, to extend their lead to 4-0.
Louisiana put the game away in the top half of the 6th inning, scoring 4 times on three hits, including a solo homer by Comeaux, her 4th of the season, and a two-run shot by Aleah Craighton, her 3rd of the season, giving UL four long balls in the contest, and a commanding 8-0 lead.
That would be more than enough, as the Cajuns went on to the 6-inning, 8-run mercy-rule victory.
Louisiana, who outhit Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8-2, was paced at the plate by Gremillion, Craighton and Sanders, who all homered, while Gremillion and Hayden collected two hits apiece.
Alex Stewart (6-2) picked-up the win in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing 2 hits in 5 shutout innings.
Liz Carter (4-6) suffered the loss for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, allowing 8 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.
With the victory, Louisiana improved to 15-4 on the season, while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi slipped to 4-12.
The Cajuns play twice more on Sunday, taking on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 11:30 am, before facing Alcorn St. at 2 o'clock.
You can hear both games on ESPN 1420 and espn1420.com, beginning with the pregame show, 15 minutes prior to first pitch.