Mar 15, 2014 2:06 AM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - Shelbi Redfearn hit a two-run home run in the first and Lexie Elkins hit a three-run home run in the fifth, but it wasn't enough, as the No. 23 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (15-6-1) softball team dropped the series opener to the No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners (19-6), 13-5, on Friday at Lamson Park.
Natalie Fernandez continued her hitting streak to a season-high eight games with her eighth multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
The Sooners got on the board first with three runs in the first inning and would lead throughout, adding one run in the second, three in the third, one in the sixth and five in the seventh.
Jordan Wallace got the start for the Cajuns, tossing 5.0 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits while fanning five, dropping to 7-3 on the season.
Her Sooner counter part, Kelsey Stevens picked up the win, tossing a complete game, allowing five runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.
After allowing runs in first two innings, Wallace tossed back-to-back scoreless frames, but not without some excitement in the third. The Sooners loaded the bases with no outs before Wallace picked up two-straight strikeouts and then snagged a hard grounder up the middle to get out of the inning unscathed.
Up 5-2 going into the fifth, the Sooners added two runs in the top of the inning, before Elkins cut the lead to 7-5 with her eighth homer of the season, sending the ball over the bleachers in center field with a no-doubt homer.
The Sooners responded immediately with a solo homer to lead off the sixth, before a less than normal end to the inning. Oklahoma appeared to score a ninth run in the inning on a two-out RBI single by designated player Brittany Williams, but the substitution was never reported to the umpire and it was ruled an out, keeping the score, 8-5.
The Cajuns got runners on base in the last two innings but couldn't close the gap, and Oklahoma added five runs in the seventh before the inning ended to take a 13-5 lead.
The teams will be back on the diamond tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader to finish up the series. The games will start two hours earlier than scheduled due to expected rain in the evening, with first pitch for the opener at 2 p.m., and game two starting a half hour after the conclusion of the first.