UL Softball Falls To LSU As Season Comes To An End
The 2017 college softball season came to an end for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns on Monday afternoon.
14th-ranked Louisiana fell to the top-seeded LSU Tigers, 5-1, at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La., in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. .
The triumph, the second in as many days over UL, gave LSU the regional title, and a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals.
The Cajuns beat LSU, 4-2, on Saturday, to advance to the regional championship round for the 10th-consecutive year, after downing the McNeese St. Cowgirls, 6-0, on Friday.
LSU defeated McNeese St., 10-1, to advance to play the Cajuns in the championship round, where they won, 6-1 on Sunday night, before the 5-1 victory on Monday.
The defeat dropped Louisiana’s all-time record in the NCAA Tournament to 73-57, which includes their 19th-consecutive regional, and their 27th in the last 28 years.
With the loss, the Cajuns were denied their 6th-consecutive NCAA Super Regional appearance.
Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, plating a run in the top half of the first inning, when DJ Sanders doubled home Kara Gremillion, to give them a quick 1-0 lead.
LSU took the lead for good in the bottom half of the third inning, scoring 2 runs on 3 hits, including a run-scoring single by Emily Griggs, which gave them a 2-1 advantage.
The Tigers scored the final three runs of the contest in the bottom half of the 4th inning, including a 2-run homer off the bat of Sydney Springfield, her 10th of the season, to make it 5-1.
That was all that LSU would need, as they went on to the 4-run win, and the regional crown.
Louisiana, who was outhit by LSU, 10-5, was led at the plate by Gremillion, who collected two hits.
LSU was paced, offensively, by Griggs, who went 3-for-4 with 2 runs batted in, and Amber Serrett, who went 3-for-3, including a run scored.
Carley Hoover (14-6) recorded the win in the circle for the Tigers, tossing 5 innings of 4-hit scoreless relief, picking up her second win in as many games against UL.
Alex Stewart (27-5) suffered the loss for the Cajuns, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits.
With the victory, LSU improved to 45-19, overall, while Louisiana ended their season with a record of 47-8.
LSU advances to the Super Regionals, where they will travel to Tallahassee, Florida to take on the Florida St. Seminoles in a best-of-3 series, beginning on Friday.
COMPLETE NCAA BATON ROUGE REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, May 19, 2017
G1: Louisiana 6, McNeese St. 0
G2: LSU 2, Fairfield 1
Saturday, May 20, 2017
G3: 12 p.m. – Louisiana 4, LSU 2
G4: – McNeese St. 6, Fairfield 2
Sunday, May 21, 2017
G5: 1:30 p.m. – LSU 10, McNeese St. 1
G6: 4 p.m. – LSU 6, Louisiana 1
Monday, May 22, 2017
G7—1:04 pm—LSU, 5 Louisiana 1