Cajuns softball brings offense to road trip
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns softball team set out on the road for the first time in the 2017 season. Jaguar Field was their destination as they battled South Alabama.
The last time the Cajuns swept South Alabama in Mobile was 2011, but they earned a 3-0 series sweep over the Jaguars this weekend combining for a total of 21 runs. South Alabama could only muster up nine runs in the three-game span.
Louisiana is now ranked 17th in the country as they continue to conquer in conference play. Dominate is an understatement at this point for the Cajuns — a streak dating back to March 2013, this softball team extended their conference series win streak to 31 straight on Sunday. Not only is that a school record, but it is also a Sun Belt Conference record.
The first game finished with a score of 8-3. The Cajuns ran out to a 4-0 lead by scoring four runs in the second inning. Sophomore third baseman Kara Gremillion led the way with three RBIs on 2-4 batting. Freshman pitcher Alyssa Denham struck out five batters en route to a victory for the Cajuns.
The second was a low-scoring affair for Louisiana, but junior shortstop DJ Sanders shined for the Cajuns in 4-2 bout. Sanders began the game with a solo home run. She finished 3-3 on the day with two homers and three RBIs. The Jaguars were held to three hits and struck out nine times as Cajuns pitcher Alex Stewart earned her ninth win on the season.
Louisiana finished the series off with a 9-4 win on Sunday. Even though the Jaguars got eleven hits to the Cajuns’ 10, Louisiana charged out to a 5-0 lead. The score was 6-4 entering the sixth inning and the Cajuns capped off the series with four runs in the final two innings. Sanders hit her 16th homer of the season on a grand slam home run in the top of the third. She went 2-4 on the day. Alex Stewart relieved the game for the Cajuns and received her tenth win.
Next stop, Eagle Field. The Cajuns softball team will hit the road once again this weekend to take on Georgia Southern. The three-game series will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday and conclude with a single game on Sunday.
Louisiana will bring their 23-5, 6-0 SBC record into Georgia, while the Eagles are 15-15 overall, 5-4 in the conference. Georgia Southern presents a 8-6 home record.
Eagles’ top batter Emily Snider will try to challenge the Cajuns defense with her 21 RBIs, seven home runs and .372 batting average for the season. As for Georgia Southern’s pitching, starting at the mound is Dixie Raley. Raley averages a 2.8 ERA with 85 strikeouts through 30 games.
The Cajuns have shown in their first trip on South Alabama that their offense travels well. They lead the conference in batting average with .328. Louisiana has four of the top five players in the SBC in runs scored. Seven players for Louisiana have hit three or more homers this season. Kara Gremillion is hitting .425 in the month of March.
Do not forget about the Cajuns’ defense. They have not allowed their opponents to score more than runs in all 28 games this season.
The first game of the series is set for noon on April 1 followed by a 2 p.m. start time for the second. The series at Eagle Field will conclude on April 2. The third game will start at noon.