UL Softball Loses Twice To Florida
The 5th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball team dropped two games on Saturday, getting swept in a non-conference doubleheader by the top-ranked Florida Gators in Gainesville, Florida.
The twinbill was the first two games in a three-game series between the two national powers.
Florida won the opening. game 5-1, putting an end to Louisiana's 7-game win streak, before winning the second game, 14-1, in 5-inning, mercy-rule fashion.
Florida got on the scoreboard first in the first game, scoring a single run in the bottom half of the second inning, when first baseman Janell Wheaton belted a solo homer to left, her 6th of the year, to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Gators added to their lead in the bottom half of the third inning, scoring four runs, two unearned, on three hits, including a run scoring double off the bat of Kelsey Stewart, to widen their lead to 5-0.
Louisiana scored their only run in the top half of the 5th inning, when freshman third baseman Kara Gremillion doubled, and later scored on a fielders choice ground ball off the bat of junior second baseman Haley Hayden, to trim the deficit to 5-1.
That was as close as the Cajuns would get however, as the Gators hung on for the 4-run win.
Florida, who outhit Louisiana, 9-2, was led at he plate by Stewart, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and a run batted in, while Gremillion tallied the only two hits of the game for Louisiana.
Delanie Gourley (12-2) picked-up the win for the Gators, allowing one run on two hits, while walking one and striking out 13.
Alex Stewart (17-2) was hit with the loss for the Cajuns, allowing 5 runs on 9 hits, while not walking a batter and striking out 5.
In the second game, Florida scored early, and often, scoring 7 runs on 6 hits in the bottom half of the first inning, including a three-run home run by designated player Kayli Kvistad, to take a quick 7-0 lead.
Kvistad did it again in the bottom half of the second inning, clubbing a solo homer to left, to extend the Gators' advantage to 8-0.
Florida put the game totally away in the bottom half of the third inning scoring four runs, three of them unearned, on two hits, including a two-run single by Kvistad, her 5th and 6th RBI's of the game, to make it 12-0.
Louisiana scored their run in the top half of the 4th inning, when sophomore centerfielder Aleah Craighton smashed a solo homer, her 14th of the year, to trim the deficit to 12-1.
The Gators put up two insurance runs in the bottom half of the 4th inning, courtesy of a two-run homer by Stewart, her second of the year, to go along with her third hit of the game, and her 5th of the day, to give UF the 13-run lead, and the eventual mercy-rule victory.
Florida, who outhit Louisiana, 11-5, was led at the plate by Kvistad, who went 3-for-3, to go along with two home runs and 6 RBI's, while Craighton paced Louisiana with her homer.
Aleshia Ocasio (14-1) recorded the victory in the circle for the Gators, allowing one run on five hits.
Kylie Jo Trahan (10-3) suffered the loss for the Cajuns, facing only four batters without recording an out.
With the two wins, Florida improved to 40-3 on the season, while Louisiana fell to 32-5.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series with a single game on Sunday beginning at noon.
You can hear all the play-by-play action on Sports Radio ESPN 1420 & espn1420.com, beginning with the pregame show at 11:45 am.