UL Softball Completes Series Sweep Of Troy
The 19th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns softball team extended their current win streak, while completing a Sun Belt Conference weekend series sweep of the Troy Trojans on Sunday afternoon at Lamson Park.
Louisiana collected a 11-0, 5-inning mercy-rule victory, completing their fourth-straight conference sweep of the season.
The Cajuns won both games on Saturday, capturing the first game, 3-1, before taking the second game, 11-0, in five innings.
Louisiana ended up outscoring Troy in the three games, 25-1, combined.
The win extends the Cajuns’ current winning streak to 12 games, and their Sun Belt Conference win streak to 18 games, dating back to last season.
The two triumphs on Saturday also guaranteed Louisiana their 33rd-consecutive series victory, a school and Sun Belt Conference record.
The Cajuns haven’t lost a league series since 2013, when they dropped 2-of-3 to South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.
Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, scoring 3 runs in the bottom half of the first inning, when Aleah Craighton belted a three-run home run, her third of the series, and her 10th of the season, to give them a quick 3-0 lead.
The Cajuns put the game away in the bottom half of the third inning, scoring 7 runs on 6 hits, including a 3-run single by Daniella Chavez, a run-scoring double by Corin Voinche, and an RBI single by Hayley Hayden, to take a commanding 10-0 lead.
Louisiana added one final run in the bottom half of the 4th inning, when DJ Sanders crushed a solo homer, her 19th of the season, to make it 11-0.
That was more than enough for UL, who went on to the 11-run, 5-inning, mercy-rule triumph.
Louisiana, who outhit Troy, 11-3, was led at the plate by Hayden, who went 3-for-3, including a run batted in, while Craighton and Sanders both homered, giving UL 7 long balls over the weekend.
Alex Stewart (14-3) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing no runs on only one hit, over four innings.
Rachel Rigney-Brown (6-13) suffered the loss for the Trojans, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits in 2-plus inning of work.
With the win, Louisiana improved to 29-5, overall, and 12-0 in league play, while Troy dropped to 16-25, and 4-12, respectively.
The Cajuns now lead the all-time series against the Trojans, 34-5.
UL returns to action on Tuesday night, playing host to Southeastern Louisiana in a no-conference tilt at Lamson Park, with first-pitch set for 6 o'clock.