Feb 26, 2013 11:47 PM by UL Sports Information
Led by a first-inning grand slam by freshman Shellie Landry, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns toppled Southern University by a score of 9-1 on a rare Tuesday night game at Lamson Park. The Cajuns scored four runs in both the first and second innings, en route to a mercy-rule shortened victory and improving to 13-2 on the season.
"Today in pregame we were mainly focusing on execution." Head coach Megan Granger said after the win. "I thought [Landry] did a good job at coming in there and really executing. The base runners before her had some good at bats and we saw some non-starters get in the game and make some good at bats as well."
Landry came up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the first inning and sent her first career grand slam over the center field wall to open the scoring and give the Cajuns a 4-0 lead. She finished the game 1-for-1 with five RBI and a sacrifice fly. It was her first career five-RBI game, and the second for a Cajun this season.
Louisiana piled on four more runs in the second inning. Brianna Cherry kick-started the second frame with a two-run single up the middle, scoring Leandra Maly and Natalie Fernandez. The next at bat gave the Cajuns a seven run advantage with a Sarah Draheim single scoring Nerissa Myers.
Southern got on the board in the fourth inning, by way of a Shabanese Brown solo-home run to left field.
The Cajuns went scoreless in the third and fourth innings before a bases loaded walk to Myers scored Megan Waterman and gave UL an eight-run lead and the victory.
Louisiana used a trio of pitchers, a decision made by the coaching staff prior to the start of the game. Victoria Brown got the nod to start and tossed the first two innings, allowing zero runs on one hit and no walks, while striking out three and picking up the win. Christina Hamilton pitched the third and fourth innings, allowing one run on one hit and struck out two batters. The run against was the first earned run she has allowed in 12.2 innings pitched. Kristin Martinez came in and pitched the final inning and allowed just one base runner, by way of a walk, and struck out two.
"We were able to work three pitchers tonight and get some quality innings." Granger said. "It's always good to get more innings from your pitching staff, and if we're able to incorporate them in more games it will be a good thing."
The Ragin' Cajuns softball team will now travel back to Florida for the Diamond-9 Citrus Classic in Kissimmee. At the Classic, they will face two more ranked teams, #5/8 Texas, and #9/5 Texas A&M. They also will face Pittsburgh, College of Charleston and Illinois State, kicking the tournament off with Pittsburgh at 10:00 A.M. (Central Standard Time) on Friday morning, March 1st.