Lafayette (KATC) – A week ago Louisiana softball had no fears in over-pitching Summer Ellyson. That tune changed a bit Monday when coach Gerry Glasco said he wanted to pitch three-different starters in this weekend’s series against Georgia Southern.
Ellyson has been magnificent, but with having pitched 23 times in 30 games the junior is on track to throw 40 times in the regular season, more than she did all of last season. Her 130.0 innings pitched rank second most in college softball.
Sunday, after sitting a game, Ellyson threw a no-hitter against South Alabama. Rest does the soul good.
Glasco probably didn’t need proof that Ellyson needed rest, he needed reason. He got that in McNeese’s extra-inning upset at Lamson Park last Wednesday that cost the Cajuns to stumble in the latest RPI rankings. The Cajuns fell to 24th, and in a weak conference that might be all it takes to miss out on hosting an NCAA regional game.
A week ago Glasco told the media “I want to get her (Ellyson) rest in June and July after the World Series is over.”
Monday he accepted a new path.
“One thing is we’re not as worried about this week as we were last week is RPI. We don’t feel like we have to win every game. We’re not scared to lose a game. Last week we felt like we had to win every game, but the situation changed. That may help us in the long run, we may be able to build some more pitching, maybe more so.”
Kandra Lamb and Carrie Boswell have arw a combined 8-0 this season, with a combined 2.48 ERA in 25 games pitched.
The Cajuns travel to Georgia Southern for a series beginning Friday.