Posted: Apr 6, 2013 10:41 PM by UL Sports Information
DENTON, Texas - It couldn't have been scripted any better. Senior shortstop Nerissa Myers returned for her first game action since sustaining an ankle injury in the end of February, and led of the game with a home run. She finished the day with eight RBI, and three home runs, one was a grand slam, leading the Cajuns to a doubleheader sweep. The Cajuns won by scores of 10-0 and 8-2 on Saturday, April 6, at North Texas, improving to 25-11 overall and 7-4 in Sun Belt play.
"I just wanted to play. I wanted to be on the field with the team and the seniors especially." Myers said after her eight RBI outburst. "I didn't really think about [hitting a home run]. I just trusted what I could do and went with what I had."
"We're a team, they are a sisterhood." Coach Michael Lotief of Myers return. "When one of your sisters is out, you're not as strong. When she comes back we're stronger together as a unit, and a family. It's good to have [Myers] back in the fold and the others get it. She is good, she's very talented and she gets it. She's been preparing for this moment for a long time. I think the group motivated the individual today. It wasn't the ‘me' helping the team, it was the team helping the ‘me'."
Myers big day was just the highlight of a dominating performance by the Cajuns, who never trailed during the doubleheader.
Matte Haack also had a solid day at the plate, picking up her first multiple home run game of the season as well. Haack hit a two-run home run in the first inning of game one, and followed it up with a solo homer in the Cajuns' five-run fifth inning in a 3-for-3 performance. Haack and Myers combined for nine of the Cajuns' 10 RBI; Sara Corbello had the other.
Jordan Wallace got the start in the opener and was nearly unhittable. She tossed 4.0 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out ten batters. She yielded to the bullpen to finish the shutout, with Christina Hamilton tossing the final inning, allowing one hit and picking up a strikeout.
The Cajuns went on to win the second game by way of mercy rule, 10-0. It was the 12th time this season they won by the mercy rule.
Louisiana continued their offensive output in the second game, with another first inning run, this one off the bat of Sarah Draheim. It was her team-leading 10th home run of the season. The Cajuns have now scored in the first inning 20 times in 35 games.
North Texas found the scoreboard for the first time in the day in the second inning, plating one run on an RBI single.
The Cajuns would respond in the third, with their second five-run inning of the game. Myers got the scoring in the third started with her third homer of the day, a two-run shot. Shellie Landry drove in the other three, with her eighth home run of the season. She picked up another RBI in the sixth inning, when she hit an infield single followed by a throwing error to score two runs.
Victoria Brown got the start in game two, tossing 4.0 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and one walk, while striking out a season-high four batters. Jordan Wallace tossed the final three innings, allowing one hit and a walk, while striking out six batters and getting the three-inning save. It was her first save of the season.
On the day, Wallace tossed 7.0 innings, allowing two hits and two walks, while fanning 16 batters.
"Today was about us continuing to trust our preparation." Coach Lotief said after the sweep. "Every time out we're continuing to find ways to get better and work on the things we've been working on and today the game rewarded us and it was a good day."
The Cajuns have now won their past six games. They are back at it tomorrow in the series finale against North Texas. They return to Lamson Park on Wednesday, April 10th when they take on nonconference foe Southern Miss in a doubleheader starting at 4:00 P.M.