#16 Cajun Softballers Sweep #14 Baylor In Waco
The 16th ranked Ragin’ Cajun softball team walked into Waco, Texas Tuesday for a double-header against the #14 Baylor Bears and walked out with a sweep.
Louisiana took game 1 by the score of 5-2 before completing the season sweep with a 7-4 victory in game 2. The Cajuns defeated Baylor earlier in the season 11-10 on a neutral field in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Reigning Sun Belt Conference pitcher of the week Christina Hamilton earned her 19th win of the season, tossing all 7 innings in game 1. She allowed two runs on 8 hits, only walking 1, striking out 7 Bear batters, giving her 147 SOs on the season.
Senior Natalie Fernandez was solid at the plate, scoring the first run for the Cajuns before hitting a two-out, two RBI single in the 6th, giving the Cajuns a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Game 2 had its fair share of drama as well. Louisiana led 4-1 halfway through the game before the Bears began to chip away, eventually tying the contest at 4 in the 5th inning. How did the Cajuns respond? The same way they have all season, with authority.
Haley Haden was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving Louisiana the go-ahead run in the 6th. A wild pitch followed that at bat, giving the Cajuns a 6-4 lead when Leandra Maly crossed the plate.
Gappy Felps hit an RBI double in the 7th, giving UL a 7-4 lead, and eventually, the victory.
Victoria Brown earned the win in game 2, her 3rd of the season. The sophomore from LaPorte, Texas relieved Jordan Wallace in the 4th, tossing 3.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, fanning 2 batters.
Louisiana has won 27 of their last 29 games. With the Tuesday sweep, the Cajuns improve to 35-7-1 on the season. Currently ranked 6th in the latest RPI rankings, Louisiana could see a bump with two road victories over a top 15 team.
Next up for the Cajuns, another series in the state of Texas. This weekend, UL travels to Arlington for a Conference series against the UT-Arlington Mavericks. The schools are set for a double-header on Saturday beginning at 1, with a single game scheduled Sunday for at noon.
Catch all the action on ESPN1420 and espn1420.com. Steve Peloquin will be on the air 15 minutes prior to first pitch with the pre-game show.