Cajuns head home after series sweep over Georgia Southern
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns softball team hasn’t lost a series since 2013. The “Harlem Shake” was the trend and “What Does the Fox Say?” was flooding radio stations, to put things into perspective.
The Cajuns extended their Sun Belt Conference record series winning streak to 32 after sweeping Georgia Southern on a combined 31-4 scoring over the course of three games.
Louisiana started out strong in the first game. The game ended in five innings with a score of 15-0. DJ Sanders continued to showcase her hitting with a two-run homer in her first at-bat. She leads the nation in home runs with 17.
Senior pitcher Alex Stewart set a milestone in her career with 50 wins after the first game, 25-1 in conference play.
The second game featured a lot of the same from the Cajuns’ offense. Louisiana scored 10 runs to beat Georgia Southern in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Eagles ended the first inning with a 1-0 lead, but the Cajuns stormed back behind a five-run in the sixth inning. They were able to hold the Eagles to two runs. Cajuns pitcher Alyssa Denham pitched five innings and struck out three batters.
Despite starting slow in the second game, the Cajuns established themselves in the final game of the series on Sunday. Louisiana jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings en route to a 6-2 win. Stewart pitched five innings and retired five batters, while Denham relieved for the Cajuns in the final two. Right fielder Haley Hayden shined at the plate with three RBIs and one run.
With this series win over Georgia Southern, Louisiana leads the all-time series 10-1.
After a successful road trip for the Cajuns, they will return to Lamson Park to host Troy.
Louisiana will boast their 26-5 overall record, 9-0 SBC against the Trojans’ 16-22 record. Troy has lost seven of their last eight games with series losses against Coastal Carolina and UT Arlington.
The Trojans are ranked sixth in the Sun Belt Conference in batting average with .261 and ninth in ERA with 3,71. A bright spot for Troy is they have scored 164 runs, which ranks third in the conference. They rank first in the conference in strikeouts at 159 on the season. Credit Trojans’ pitcher Claire Graves for being one of the thriving aspects for Troy in the midst of a sub .500 season.
The Cajuns will look to combat the Trojans pitching with their high-powered offense. We know exactly what they can do at the plate.
The 17th-ranked Cajuns are off to their best conference start since 2014 by winning nine straight games. They will host Troy with a doubleheader on Saturday, first game at 2 p.m. followed by another at 4 p.m. The final game of the series concludes with a game at noon on Sunday.