UL Softball Defeats Georgia Southern In Rubber Game
The 22nd-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns wrapped-up another Sun Belt Conference series win on Sunday.
Louisiana defeated the Georgia Southern Eagles, 9-0, in 5-inning mercy-rule fashion, in the rubber game of a three-game, weekend, Sun Belt Conference series at Lamson Park.
The Cajuns were able to push 5 runs across the plate in the bottom half of the second inning, and four more in the bottom half of the third, as they coasted to the mercy-rule victory.
The two teams spilt a doubleheader on Saturday, with the Cajuns winning the first game, 2-0, before Georgia Southern captured game two, 3-2, in 8 innings.
The triumph extends UL's current conference series win streak to 44-straight, dating back to March of 2013.
Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, plating five runs on four hits in the bottom half of the second inning, including run-scoring singles by Kalyn Watts and Alissa Dalton, a sacrifice-fly off the bat of Lexie Comeaux, a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded credited to Jolie Readeaux, and a bases loaded walk by Brittany Rodriguez, to give them a 5-0 lead.
The Cajuns put the game away in the bottom half of the third inning, scoring for more runs, courtesy of a two-run single by Kara Gremillion, a run-scoring single off the bat of Rodriguez, and an RBI groundout by Comeaux, to widen their lead 9-0.
That would be all UL would need, as they went on to the 9-run, 5-inning, mercy-rule win.
Louisiana, who outhit Georgia Southern, 10-3, was paced at the plate by Kara Gremillion, Kelli Martinez, Watts, and Readeaux all collected two hits apiece, while Kara Gremillion and Comeaux both drove home three runs.
Summer Ellyson (17-6) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, tossing four inngs of three-hit shutout softball, while striking out 5.
For Ellyson, the game marked the 16th time in 23 starts that she held the opposition to one run or less.
Kaylee Ramos (2-4), suffered the loss for the Eagles, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits over 1.1 innings pitched.
View the game one box score here.
With the victory, Louisiana improved their record to 31-12, overall, and 16-5 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Georgia Southern dropped to 24-22, and 8-13, respectively.
The Cajuns return to action on next weekend, when they travel to Arlington, Texas to face the UTA Mavericks in a three-game league series.