UL Softball Downs Troy, Extends Conference Series Win Streak
The Sun Belt Conference softball series win streak continues for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns.
10th-ranked Louisiana defeated the Troy Trojans, 8-0, in 6-inning mercy-rule fashion, in the middle game of a three-game, weekend, league series at Yvette Girouard Field at Lamson Park on Saturday afternoon.
Coupled with their 9-1 win over Troy in the series opener on Friday night, UL extended their league series win streak to 48, a school and Sun Belt Conference record.
Louisiana has not dropped a conference series since the weekend of St. Patrick's Day in 2013.
The Cajuns, who also defeated Troy in six inning on Friday night, have now outscored the Trojans, 17-1, in the series.
With the triumph, UL also improved their 2019 home record to a perfect 14-0.
Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, plating a run in the bottom half of the first inning, when Kara Gremillion walked, stole second, and then scored on an RBI single off the bat of Julie Rawls, her 6th RBI of the series, to grab a quick 1-0 lead.
The Cajuns extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning, when Sarah Hudek blasted a three-run home run, her 5th of the season, to widen their advantage to 4-0.
UL put the game completely away in the bottom half of the 5th inning, scoring twice more, including a sacrifice-fly by Kourtney Gremillion, as well as an unearned run, to make it 6-0.
Louisiana ended it in the bottom half of the 6th inning, when Rawls crushed a two-run homer, her second of the series, and 8th of the season, as well as her 7th and 8th RBI's of the series, to give them the 8-0 mercy-rule win in 6 innings.
Rawls led the way at the plate for UL, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI's, while Keeli Milligan went 3-for-3 in the leadoff spot.
Summer Ellyson (16-3) recorded her second win of the series inside the circle for the Cajuns, tossing 5.2 innings of two-hit shutout softball.
Annie Willis (5-6) suffered the loss for Troy, allowing 8 runs on 11 hits over 5.0 innings of work.
With the victory, the Cajuns improved to 22-3, overall, and 5-0 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Troy dropped to 18-11, and 2-3, respectively.
The series finale will take place on Sunday afternoon, with first-pitch scheduled for noon.