UL Softball Ties Purdue, 7-7, On Final Day Of Louisiana Classics
The 13th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball team wrapped-up play in the 28th Annual Louisiana Classics on Sunday afternoon, playing to an 8-inning, 7-7 tie, with the Purdue Boilermakers at Lamson Park.
The game was halted after eight innings, and over three hours of play, due to a plane flight that Purdue had to catch for their trip back home.
The Cajuns were originally scheduled to play Northern Iowa, but that game was cancelled, due to Northern Iowa's travel plans.
In the match-up with the Boilermakers, the Cajuns scored first, plating two unearned runs in the top half of the third inning, when catcher Lexie Elkins singled up the middle, scoring second baseman Natalie Fernandez, before designated player Sara Corbello drove home pinch-runner Kendall Smith with a sacrifice fly, giving them a 2-0 lead.
The Boilermakers answered right back, scoring two runs of their own in the bottom half of the third inning, courtesy of a solo home run by second baseman Mary Gooding, and a single by catcher Danielle Fletcher that scored first baseman Ashley Burkhardt, to tie the game, 2-2.
Louisiana retook the lead in the top of the fourth, when Elkins drove home Fernandez with a single, giving them a 3-2 lead.
The scored stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth, when Burkhardt doubled off the wall, scoring two runs, and then scored on a throwing error, as three runs scored on one swing of the bat, giving Purdue a 5-3 advantage at the end of six innings.
In the seventh, the Cajuns scored four runs, thanks in part to a a two-run double by pinch-hitter Gabrielle Felps, as well as a run-scoring single by shortstop Corin Voinche, as UL took a 7-5 lead going into the bottom half of the seventh.
The Boilermakers came back with two of their own to tie it however, when pinch-hitter Katy McJunkin doubled home two runs, making the score 7-7, after seven innings.
For the Cajuns it was their third extra-inning game in five games in the tournament.
After both teams failed to score in their respective halves of the eighth, the game was halted, to accommodate Purdue's travel plans.
Each team used three pitchers, with Christina Hamilton, Macey Smith, and Alex Stewart throwing for UL, and Alex Whittemore, Lauren Grant, and Lilly Fecho tossing for Purdue.
With the tie, Louisiana is now 2-2-1 on the year, while Purdue stands at 1-2-1.
The Cajuns return to the diamond on Wednesday night, when they travel to Ruston, to take on Louisiana Tech in a non-conference match-up.