Softball sweeps Georgia State, extends win streak to 7
The No. 5-ranked University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Softball team traveled to Georgia State for a weekend series and took all three victories from the Panthers, 4-1, 6-5 and 12-0 respectively.
Big bats by DJ Sanders and Shellie Landry led the Ragin’ Cajuns through the weekend as Sanders homered in each of the first two games and Landry hit a 3-run home run in the final game of the series.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are proving that they can hold their own without one of the best hitters in the country, catcher Lexie Elkins, who is out 4-6 weeks with a thumb injury. Landry, Sanders and Aleah Craighton have stepped up offensively, while true freshman Brittany Nollkamper has filled in at backstop for Elkins.
Alex Stewart continued to dominate with her pitching and picked up her 16th win after allowing one run and seven hits.
Louisiana-Lafayette struck first in the fourth inning of the game with Sanders’ two-run shot. Georgia State trimmed the lead to 2-1 after a bases-loaded error led to a run. Another two-run blast by Landry put the game away for the Ragin’ Cajuns as they won, 4-1.
The second game was a similar story to the first. The Cajuns scored first in the third inning after a bases-loaded single by Craighton that scored Haley Hayden. Georgia State threatened, but Kylee Jo Trahan’s pitching kept the lead at 1-0. The Ragin’ Cajuns added a run in the top of the fourth after an error on a Kassidy Zeringue bunt. Craighton hit a two-run home run in the fifth.
Georgia State turned the momentum in the fifth inning and erased the 4-0 deficit with a five-run inning. The Panthers hit a two-run home run and took advantage of Cajuns’ miscues to add three more runs and take a 5-4 lead.
Victoria Brown, the Cajuns’ second reliever in the fifth, eventually quieted the Panthers rally as she notched three straight outs with the bases loaded. She struck out one, induced a ground ball to Sanders for a forced out at home and then Kara Gremillion scooped up a grounder and fired it to Vincent for the final out. Sanders added two RBIs in the seventh to win the game for Louisiana-Lafayette.
The final game was a blowout from the first pitch, as Shellie Landry hit her 50th career home run and plated three RBIs. Alex Stewart and Victoria Brown combined for the pitching staff’s 15th shutout as the Cajuns hammered Georgia State, 12-0, in a 5-inning mercy rule.
Haley Hayden and Taylor Terrio had two hits and Craighton and Kelsey Vincent each homered in addition to Landry’s bomb. Six runs by Louisiana-Lafayette in the second inning ultimately put the scoreline out of reach for the Panthers.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to Gainesville, Florida, to play the second-ranked Florida Gators this weekend.