Feb 13, 2013 11:44 PM by UL Sports Information
Led by home runs from senior Matte Haack and freshman Shellie Landry, along with a stellar pitching performance by sophomore Jordan Wallace, the University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball team defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs by a score of 9-1 in six innings, Wednesday night at Lamson Park. The Cajuns improved to 3-1 in the young season. Haack also doubled on the night, driving in five runs and going 2-for-4 at the plate.
"I thought we played very well." Coach Granger said after the mercy rule victory. "Jordan spun the ball well, she gave up a home run but came right back with a strike out. Our bats showed up with Matte and Shelly stepping up and making good hits for us."
Wallace continued what is starting to be another solid season in the circle for the Cajuns, striking out 12 batters in 6.0 innings of work, allowing just six hits and one earned run, a home run, while walking one batter. Wallace is now 3-0 on the season, with an ERA of 0.93 and two complete games. She has fanned 26 batters in 15.0 innings pitched, and held opponents to a .204 batting average.
"You can't pitch the ball up in the zone." Granger said. "That's our game plan [with pitchers], to stay down and away, move the ball and attack every pitch. Our hitters are going up there with a plan and executing it."
It was a career day for Haack at the plate, driving in five runs for the first time as a Cajun. The senior hit her first home run of the season, a three-run shot, driving Sarah Draheim and Brianna Cherry. Haack would add to her big day in the sixth inning, after a double off the right field wall. She would eventually come around to score the game-ending run to put the Cajuns up by eight.
Landry's home run came in the fifth inning, following a base hit by fellow freshman Sara Corbello. The home run was Landry's second this season, and the two RBI give her five on the season.
The Cajun's will have two days off before returning to Lamson Field to start the 27th Annual Louisiana Classics. The tournament field will consist of the Cajuns, along with Mississippi Valley State and Texas State. The Cajuns' first game is scheduled for Friday night, with the first pitch being thrown at 6:00 PM, when they take on Mississippi Valley State.