UL Softball Downs ULM, 8-0
The 9th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun softball team wrapped up their 2016 regular season schedule with a victory on Sunday afternoon, defeating the ULM Warhawks, 8-0, at Lamson Park.
The triumph, in 6-inning mercy-rule fashion, gave Louisiana a sweep in the three-game, weekend, Sun Belt Conference series, after capturing both ends of Saturday's doubleheader over ULM on Saturday, winning by scores of 6-1 and 5-0.
The win increased the Cajuns’ current home win streak to 20 games, while the setback moved the Warhawks’ current losing streak to 5 games.
The two wins improved Louisiana to 39-7, overall, and 20-2 in Sun Belt Conference play, while ULM fell to 23-31, and 7-16, respectively.
Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, scoring three runs in the bottom half of the third inning.
Sophomore outfielder Kelli Martinez doubled, before junior outfielder Hayley Hayden singled, scoring Martinez.
After Hayden scored on a wild pitch, sophomore outfielder Aleah Craighton was hit by a pitch, and then scored on a double off the bat of sophomore shortstop D.J. Sanders, as the Cajuns grabbed a 3-0 lead.
Louisiana added to their lead in the bottom half of the 5th inning, when senior outfielder Shellie Landry crushed solo home run, her 1th of the season, to increase their lead to 4-0.
The Cajuns ended things in the bottom half of the 6th inning, scoring 4 runs on 3 hits, including a game-ending double by Craighton, as they went on to the mercy-rule win.
Louisiana, who outhit ULM, 10-1, was led at the plate by Landry, who 2-for-4, including a home run, and 2 RBI's, and Hayden, who went 2-for-4, to o along with a run scored, and 3 runs batted in.
Junior right-hander Alex Stewart (25-4) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, tossing 6 innings of one-hit softball, while striking out 7 batters.
Melanie Coyne (17-21) suffered the loss for the Warhawks, allowing three runs on 4 hits in 3.1 innings of work.
The two wins improved Louisiana to 40-7, overall, and 21-2 in Sun Belt Conference play, while ULM fell to 23-32, and 7-18, respectively.
The Cajuns, who won their third-consecutive Sun Belt Conference regular season championship, as well as their 14th in the last 16 years, will be the top-seed in the upcoming postseason tournament in Mobile, Alabama.
Louisiana will play their first game in the tournament on Thursday at 10 am, against either Georgia St., Georgia Southern, or ULM.