Mar 24, 2014 12:07 AM by UL Sports Information
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball team hit four home runs and had 13 hits, to power past Georgia State, 13-0, and pick up a weekend series sweep, defeating the Panthers at the Bob Heck Softball Complex on Sunday.
The Cajuns (22-6-1), scored at least two runs in every inning, and were led by four RBI from Sara Corbello and three RBI from Kelsey Vincent, both picking up two hits including a home run. The Cajuns also got homers from Shelbi Redfearn and Haley Hayden. For Hayden, it was her conference-best 10th home run of the season.
Christina Hamilton got the start in the circle for the Cajuns, tossing 4.0 innings, allowing no runs on two hits. She finished the series with 11.1 shutout innings, allowing four hits and fanning 10.
Jordan Wallace tossed the final inning of the game, allowing two hits and striking out two.
The Cajuns jumped on the board early, building a 3-0 lead in the first after back-to-back doubles by Lexie Elkins and Vincent. Elkins gave the Cajuns a 2-0 lead with two-run double after Natalie Fernandez and Hayden reached base to open the game, and Vincent made it 3-0 on the next at-bat, scoring Elkins.
Hayden added to the Cajuns lead with a two-run home run, scoring Corin Voinché, in the second inning, and a pair of RBI singles in the third from Vincent and Shellie Landry would make it 7-0, Cajuns lead.
The Cajuns would step up the power for the rest of the game, scoring the next six runs via the home run. Corbello hit a three-run home run, scoring Redfearn and Samantha Walsh in the fourth, before back-to-back home runs in the fifth. Vincent hit a two-run homer, scoring pinch runner Meagan Thomas, and Redfearn followed that up with her homer, to make it 13-0.
With the Cajuns up 13 in the bottom of the fifth, Wallace came in to finish the game, and clinch the weekend sweep for the Cajuns.
The Cajuns will continue their current road trip on Wednesday, March 26, when they travel to Houston to take on the Houston Cougars for a midweek doubleheader, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. The Cajuns will then return home to continue Sun Belt play when they welcome Texas State to town. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday's stand alone game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Lamson Park.