UL Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From ULM
UL senior outfielder Brianna Cherry
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun softball team swept a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader from the ULM Warhawks on Saturday, winning the first game, 8-2, before taking the second game, 12-3, in five-inning, mercy-rule fashion.
The two wins extended Louisiana's season-long win streak to 21 games.
In the opener, Louisiana grabbed the lead early, when Sarah Draheim doubled home Brianna Cherry, giving them a 1-0 lead, before adding four more runs in the top half of the second, with Sara Corbello and Nerissa Myers each belting two-run home runs, to make it 5-0.
Later, withe the Cajuns leading 7-0, Corbello hit her second homer of the game, a solo shot in the seventh inning, extending the lead to 8-0.
ULM scored their only two run in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough, as the Cajuns cruised to the 8-2 win.
Corbello, Draheim, and Myers each collected two hits in the opener, with Corbello hitting the two homers, while driving in driving in three runs.
Christina Hamilton (3-1), who pitched three innings of relief, picked-up the win, while Haylie Wilson (8-15) was tagged with the loss.
In the nightcap, again, Louisiana struck first, and they did it in a big way, when Matte Haack hit a grand slam home run in the top half of the first inning, giving them a 4-0 lead.
For Haack, it was her 32nd RBI in her last 21 games.
The Cajuns added another run in the second, when Draheim singled, driving home Natalie Fernandez, before the Warhawks scored three runs in the bottom half of the frame, thanks in part to a two-run homer by Summer Melancon, to cut the UL lead to 5-3.
From there, it was all Louisiana, as the Cajuns scored six runs in the top half of the third, courtesy of a three-run home run by Kelsey Vincent, and then a two-run shot by Cherry, to make to score, 11-3, Cajuns.
In that inning, Myers scored for the 251st time in her career, which set a new school record.
Louisiana added an insurance run in the top of the fifth, and went on to the 12-3 mercy-rule win, their 21st-consecutive victory.
Jordan Wallace (25-6) recorded the win in the second game, extending her personal win streak to 15 games, while Stephanie Routzon (11-14) suffered the loss.
With the two wins, Louisiana improved to 39-11, overall, and 18-4 in Sun Belt Conference play, while ULM dropped to 19-32, overall, and 3-19 in league play.
The two teams will conclude the series, and wrap-up their regular season schedules, on Sunday, with a single game, beginning at 1 o'clock.
You can catch all the play-by-play action, on Sports Radio ESPN 1420, and espn1420.com, beginning with the pre-game show at 12:40 pm.