Feb 16, 2013 11:44 PM by UL Sports Information
The Ragin' Cajuns softball team went into game two of the 27th Annual Louisiana Classics, riding a three game winning streak, all won by the 8-run mercy rule. They continued that trend, topping Texas State by a score of 9-1 in 6 innings, and Mississippi Valley State by a score of 16-4 in five innings, on Saturday February 16 at Lamson Park.
In two games the Cajuns scored a combined 25 runs, and hit four home runs, including two from Sarah Draheim in the first game, Brianna Cherry's second home run this weekend and Megan Waterman's first career home run, both in game two.
The Cajuns jumped on the board early in game one, scoring a run in the first three innings, before adding one more in the fifth and five in the sixth to enact the eight-run mercy rule.
Draheim hit her first home run of the day, a blast to left field that cleared the bleachers, her second of the season. She followed that up with her second blast of the day, this one to the opposite field into DA CAMP, driving in three runs. Draheim finished the day 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Aside from Draheim's two-homer day, the Cajuns big star in game one was sophomore pitcher Jordan Wallace. Wallace took a perfect game into the final inning, finishing with only one hit allowed and an unearned run. One key at-bat for Wallace was an 11-pitch strikeout in the fourth inning before coming back in the fifth and striking out the side.
Wallace improved her season line to 4-0, with a 0.67 ERA in four starts. She has thrown 21.0 innings, and allowed just two earned runs and three walks, while striking out 34 batters.
The Cajuns picked up game two where they left off in game one, scoring four in the first inning and nine runs in the second inning.
They took advantage of error and used timely hitting to score their first four runs. Shellie Landry drove in the first two runs with a single up the right foul line, followed by a Sara Corbello RBI single. Leandra Maly would single later in the inning, making it 4-0 Cajuns.
They followed up their nine-batter first inning with a 13 batter second to make the score 13-0. The inning was highlighted by a Cherry's three-run shot, and another two-RBI hit by Landry.
The Cajuns didn't stop there, after putting zeros on the board in the third and fourth innings, Waterman hit her first career home run, to left field with two on, to make the score 16-4.
Shellie Landry finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBI, and Cherry and Waterman both had three RBI on the game to lead the team. Sara Corbello went 3-for-3 at the plate and was the only Cajun with a three-hit game.
Kristin Martinez started game two for the Cajuns, tossing 4.0 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two and picking up the win. It was her first win as a Ragin' Cajun, and she is now 1-1 on the season.
Christina Hamilton closed the game out in the circle for the Cajuns, tossing a perfect fifth inning and racking up two strikeouts.
The Cajuns return to Lamson Park tomorrow for the finale of the Louisiana Classics against Texas State. First pitch for the Cajuns is scheduled for 1:30 PM. Prior to the Louisiana game, Texas State and Mississippi Valley State will square off at 11:00 AM. The Cajuns will head on the road Wednesday for a game at McNeese State at 7:00 PM. They then head to Clearwater, Florida for five games at the NCFA Leadoff Classic.