Feb 23, 2014 12:05 AM by UL Sports Information
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In a day that saw them playing in three separate games, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball team lost to James Madison, defeated Hofstra and fell to South Florida at the NFCA Leadoff Classic at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. The Cajuns fell to 8-5-1 on the season with the split.
The Cajuns opened the day by finishing the rain-stopped game from Friday against JMU, eventually losing 3-0. They followed that up with back-to-back games against Hofstra and South Florida, defeating Hofstra 7-4 and falling to South Florida, 8-5.
The Cajuns and JMU Dukes picked up in the fourth-inning with Samantha Walsh up to bat and Cassidy White on second base, after getting rained out on Friday. The Dukes dispatched of the Cajuns without allowing a hit after the delay, defeating the Ragin' Cajuns 3-0.
Hofstra's Jailyn Ford tossed a complete game shutout for the Dukes, striking out 11 Louisiana batters and walking three, while allowing two hits, one each to Haley Hayden and Natalie Fernandez.
Victoria Brown was the pitcher of record for the Cajuns, tossing the first two innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Christina Hamilton came on in relief, allowing one run on three hits in five innings and striking out five, all coming on Saturday after the delay.
After a two-hour break, the Cajuns returned to the field for their final games of the day, and only scheduled games of the day.
The Cajuns trailed Hofstra 2-1 after four innings and made the best of the fifth and sixth innings, scoring a combined six runs, including four in the sixth inning to take the lead and power past Hofstra.
Sara Corbello continued to produce at the plate, hitting her fifth home run of the season, giving the Cajuns a 4-3 lead. One batter later, pinch hitter Gabby Felps added insurance, which would eventually become the game-winning run, with her first homer.
Shelbi Redfearn added to the lead with her second RBI of the game on her second hit of the game to make it 6-4, and Shellie Landry responded on the next at-bat with her second sacrifice fly of the game, making the score 7-4.
Fernandez saw her eight-game hitting streak snapped against Hofstra, despite getting on base in three-of-four plate appearances and scoring a season-high three runs in the game. She finished the day with three hits and four runs scored.
Hamilton started the game, tossing four innings and allowing two runs on four hits. She sandwiched three innings from Brown in relief. Brown also allowed two earned runs, on just one hit and three strikeouts, picking up the win, her first of the season.
The Cajuns rounded out the night with South Florida and jumped ahead early, scoring five runs in the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. They did so with an RBI single from Lexie Elkins, a bases loaded passed ball followed immediately by a wild pitch, and a two-run double from Samantha Walsh.
The Bulls came out and slowly chipped away at the Cajuns' lead, scoring two in the second, one in the third, and two in the fourth to tie it. They took the lead in the fifth with a solo-home run and added to their lead in the sixth with a two-run homer.
Hamilton picked up her first loss of the season, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks. She fell to 3-1 on the season. Jordan Wallace started the game, tossing the first two innings and the final inning, allowing five earned runs and striking out seven.
The Cajuns will return to the field to wrap up the 2014 NFCA Leadoff Classic tomorrow morning at 11:30 (EST), taking on Rutgers. The Cajuns will be back on the road next weekend when they finish up their early-season tournament schedule at the Gulfport College Classic in Gulfport, Miss.