LAFAYETTE (Press Release) – With key plays at the plate and in the field from Sarah Hudek the 10th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball squad captured a 4-1 series-opening victory over UT Arlington at Yvette Girouard Field at Lamson Park.
Hudek homered leading off the fifth inning of a 1-0 contest to give Summer Ellyson additional breathing room. In the next half inning, after the Mavericks scratched a run trimming the lead to 2-1, she made a diving catch of a ball tailing down the left field line to preserve the lead for Louisiana (31-4, 13-0 Sun Belt).
Then in the sixth inning Hudek tacked on the last of the two insurance runs plated, delivering a sacrifice fly to complete her impact performance.
Ellyson was in control prior to the test in the sixth inning, at one point retiring 12 of the 13 batters faced after a leadoff single in the second inning. She crafted 11 strikeouts on the way to collecting her nation-leading 22nd victory.
LEADING THE RAGIN’ CAJUNS
Hudek was joined by Keeli Milligan for game-high honors with two RBI. Milligan opened the scoring in the second inning with a high-chop RBI single into right field and began the score-stretching tallies in the sixth inning with a bases-loaded RBI ground out.
Kara Gremillion successfully executed two bunt singles for her third straight multiple-hit game in SBC action. The second single kept the wheels in motion for the bases-loaded situation in the sixth inning.
Bailey Curry (2-for-3) joined Gremillion in collecting a multiple-hit game. Her hard-hit single off the glove of UTA third baseman Brittany Wyllie triggered the run production in the sixth inning.
Alissa Dalton led off the game with a single which extended her hitting streak to 11 games.
Sarah Hudek’s home run was her team-high tying ninth of the season – a new career-high tally for the Texas A&M transfer.
Sarah Hudek has now homered in each of the past three games (dates back to Georgia Southern series finale).
For the sixth time in the past 12 starts, Summer Ellyson notched double digits in strikeouts. At 191 strikeouts, she’s closing in on 200 for the second straight season.
Keeli Milligan picked up her 37th stolen base, moving her within three of joining Dorsey Steamer (school-record 51 in 1992) as the only two players in program history to reach 40.
Alissa Dalton’s current 11-game hitting streak in three games shy of her personal best 14-game streak set in 2018.
For the 21st time in 28 appearances, Summer Ellyson’s final line included one run or fewer allowed.
Over the past 41 innings pitched the Ragin’ Cajuns pitching staff has allowed only two earned runs.
Louisiana increased its all-time series lead over UT Arlington to 27-6. The Ragin’ Cajuns advantage in the Sun Belt era (2014-present) now stands at 14-2.
No. 10 Louisiana and UT Arlington (18-19, 6-7 Sun Belt) conclude the series with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The games can be heard on SportsRadio ESPN 1420-AM and viewed online at RaginCajuns.com/Watch.