UL Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Texas St.
The 18th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns softball team continues to roll in league action, after sweeping a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader from the Texas St. Bobcats on Friday in San Marcos, Texas.
Louisiana captured the first game, 8-1, before taking the second game, 12-4, in 6-inning mercy-rule fashion.
The two wins extend the Cajuns’ current winning streak to 15 games, and their Sun Belt Conference win streak to 20 games, dating back to last season.
The two triumphs also guarantees Louisiana their 34th-consecutive series victory, a school and Sun Belt Conference record.
The Cajuns haven’t lost a league series since 2013, when they dropped 2-of-3 to South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.
In the opener, Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, scoring two runs in the top half of the firs inning, when Haley Hayden belted a 2-run home run, her 8th of the season, to give them a quick 2-0 lead.
Texas St. scored their first and only run in the bottom half of the first inning, when Ariel Ortiz singled home Christiana McDowell, to trim the deficit to 2-1.
The Cajuns added to their lead in the top half of the third inning, when DJ Sanders smashed a 2-run homer, her 21st of the season, to widen their advantage to 4-1.
Louisiana plated three more runs on four hits in the top half of the 4th inning, including a 2-run double by Hayden, to make it 7-1.
The Cajuns put up another insurance run in the top half of the 6th inning, when Aleah Craighton drove home Kara Gremillion with a sacrifice-fly, to make the score 8-1.
That would be all that the Cajuns would need, as they cruised to the 7-run win.
Louisiana, who outhit Texas St., 10-3, was led at the play by Hayden, who went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, three runs scored, and four runs batted in, while Sanders also homered.
Alyssa Denham (13-1) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing only two hits in 6.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Randi Rupp (20-6) suffered the loss for the Bobcats, allowing 10 hits and 7 earned runs in 7 innings of work.
In the second game, it was Texas St. that got on the scoreboard first, plating a run in the bottom half of the first inning, when Ortiz hit a clutch two-out homer, her 13th of the season, to give them a quick 1-0 lead.
Louisiana answered right back in the top half of the 2nd inning, and in a big way, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits, including a grand slam homer by Sanders, her second of the day, and 22nd of the season, to grab a 6-1 advantage.
The Bobcats scored their second run in the bottom half of the 4th inning, when Kennedy Cline drove home a run with a 2-out single, to make it 6-2.
The Cajuns pushed across 5 more runs in the top half of the 5th inning, including another grand slam homer by Sanders, her second of the contest, and her 23rd of the year, to widen the gap to 11-2.
Texas St. stayed alive, scoring twice in the bottom half of the 5th inning, courtesy of a 2-run double by Taylor Webb, to make it 11-4.
Louisiana put the game away in the top half of the 6th inning, scoring a run on a sacrifice-fly off the bat of Hayden, to widen the gap to 12-4.
That would be all the Cajuns would need, as they cruised to the 8-run, 6-inning mercy-rule triumph.
Louisiana, who outhit Texas St., 14-7, was led at the plate by Sanders, who hit the two grand slam homers, while driving home 8 runs.
Alex Stewart (15-3) picked up the win for the Cajuns, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, over 6 innings.
Jodi Paige Williams (5-3) was hit with the loss for the Bobcats, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits in 4.1 innings of work.
With the two wins, Louisiana improved to 32-5, overall, and 14-0 in league play, while Texas St. dropped to 30-10, and 11-5, respectively.
The Cajuns now lead the all-time series against the Texas St., 29-3.
The two teams will conclude the series with a single game on Saturday at 2 o'clock.
You can hear all the play-by-play action on Sports Radio ESPN 1420 & espn1420.com, beginning with the pregame show at 1:45 pm.