Feb 10, 2013 4:30 PM by UL Sports Information
After suffering a loss by the hands of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday evening, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball team responded with a five inning victory Sunday morning. The Cajuns were led by solid hitting throughout the lineup and a great pitching performance by sophomore Jordan Wallace, en route to an 11-0 victory at Cougar Stadium in Houston Texas.
"I think the girls showed a lot of fight today." Head coach Megan Granger said after the win. "They rebounded well after last night's loss and came ready to play their best games."
The Cajuns offense was sparked in the second inning after a base hit by Sara Corbello, followed by Shellie Landry's first career home run. Landry drove the first pitch she saw over the left field wall, putting the Cajuns up 2-0. Landry's home run was followed up by base hits from Walsh and Maly before a two-run double by Nerissa Myers made it 4-0.
Landry finished the weekend with three hits and three RBI, while scoring two runs in her first three games as a Cajun.
"I thought she showed a lot of leadership, stepping up and getting the game started with that home run." Granger said of Landry's home run. "She is a good player and is already showing it with her performance on the field."
They would add to the lead in the fourth inning after a bases loaded single by Brianna Cherry. Cherry drove in Natalie Fernandez and Samantha Walsh for her third and fourth RBI of the season. Sarah Draheim drove in Myers on the next at bat with a bloop single over the first base bag, for her third RBI of the season. The Cajuns would add two more runs before the inning was over, and two more in the top fifth before the 8-run mercy rule came into effect.
The 11 runs were a luxury not needed for Wallace, who tossed a complete game, allowing just two hits, with a walk, a hit batter and six strikeouts in the winning effort. It was her second start of the season and she is now 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 9.0 innings this season.
"Jordan pitched very well," Granger said. "Her pitches were moving a lot and she showed why she is our clear-cut number one pitcher. She had a lot of poise on the mound and limited her mistakes."
Seven of the nine starters in the batting order would have a hit in the game, including Cherry, Draheim, Corbello and Walsh, all had two hits in the day. Landry, Draheim, Cherry and Myers all drove in two runs for the Cajuns and Myers and Walsh each scored two runs.
The Cajun's will be back on the diamond on Wednesday, February 13, when Mississippi State travels to Lamson Park for one game. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM and it will be the home opener for the Ragin' Cajuns.