UL Softball Completes Sweep Of Georgia St.
The softball wins, and the conference series sweeps, just continue to pile up for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns.
10th-ranked Louisiana defeated the Georgia St. Panthers on Saturday afternoon, 10-2, in 5-inning mercy-rule in the final game of a three-game, weekend, Sun Belt Conference series at Yvette Girouard at Lamson Park.
The win, which completed a three-game conference sweep of Georgia St., extended UL's current win streak to 19 games.
With their wins over Georgia St. in the first two games of the series, both in mercy-rule fashion, the Cajuns also extended their league series win streak to 53, a school and Sun Belt Conference record, as well as the longest current conference win streak in the nation.
Louisiana has not dropped a conference series since the weekend of St. Patrick's Day in 2013.
The Cajuns, who also defeated the Panthers, 10-2, on Thursday evening, and 12-9 on Friday night, wound up outscoring Georgia St., 32-7, in the three-game set.
The conference sweep was the 7th-straight for Louisiana.
With the triumph, UL also ran their Sun Belt Conference win streak to 21 games to begin this season, while improving their overall league win streak to 26 games, dating back to last year.
Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, plating a run in the bottom half of the first inning, when Raina O'Neal singled, before crossing the plate on a two-out, run-scoring double off the bat of Sarah Hudek, to give them a quick 1-0 lead.
UL put the game away in the bottom half of the 3rd inning,scoring five runs on three hits, including an RBI groundout by Julie Rawls, a run-scoring single by Hudek, an RBI single by Kourtney Gremillion, and a sacrifice-fly off the bat of Lexie Comeaux, to widen their lead to 6-0.
Georgia St. scored their runs of the game in the top half of the 4th inning, plating two runs, including one unearned, to trim the deficit to 6-2.
The Cajuns ended things in the bottom half of the 5th inning, scoring four runs, including a three-run home run by Lexie Comeaux, her 8th of the season, to give them the 10-2 mercy-rule win.
Louisiana, who outhit Georgia St., 9-6, was led at the plate by Hudek, Alissa Dalton, and O'Neal, who collected two hits apiece, while Hudek also drove home two runs, and Comeaux homered..
Summer Ellyson (28-4) recorded the win inside the circle for the Cajuns, tossing 4.0 innings, while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits.
For Ellyson, who lead the nation in wins, it was her third victory in the series.
Savannah Freeman (3-12) suffered the loss for the Panthers, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, over 2.1 innings.
With the victory, the Cajuns improved to 42-4, overall, and 21-0 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Georgia St. dropped to 7-40, and 4-17, respectively.
Louisiana returns to action on Wednesday evening, when they travel to Ruston, La. to take on Louisiana Tech in a non-conference tilt.