RUSTON (Press Release) – No. 8 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball extended its winning streak to 20 games and Summer Ellyson reached the 30-win mark in a 7-2 win over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Julie Rawls drove the offense for Louisiana (43-4) with a game-high three RBI, returning the lead to the Ragin’ Cajuns at 3-2 with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and putting the game out of reach with a two-run single in the fourth inning which completed the scoring.
Ellyson (30-4, 1.09 ERA) tossed four hitless frames at the Lady Techsters (36-13). After the hosts evened the score in the second inning she faced only two batters over the minimum her final four innings in the circle.
Louisiana picked up its 17th consecutive road win and increased its nation-leading total of true road wins to 18.
The contest marked the final non-conference game of the regular season for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
LEADING THE RAGIN’ CAJUNS
Kara Gremillion broke a scoreless tie in the second inning with an opposite-field, two-run home run. Gremillion finished tied with Keeli Milligan with a game-high two runs scored.
Milligan (2-for-4) joined Rawls in posting a multiple-hit game. Her leadoff double in the third inning led to her scoring the winning run on Rawls’ sacrifice fly.
Sarah Hudek extended her hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single that followed Rawls’ sacrifice fly and upped the lead to 4-2 in the third inning.
Casidy Chaumont executed a squeeze bunt in the fourth inning which allowed Gremillion to score her second run and jumpstart the three-run frame that put the Lady Techsters on their heels.
Raina O’Neal made the defensive play of the night when she robbed Sloan Stewartson of a would-be leadoff home run in the second inning – a key play which prevented a momentum shift as the Lady Techsters received a two-run homer later in the frame from Mary Terral.
Ellyson surrendered only two hits to Louisiana Tech and wound up facing four over the minimum. Carrie Boswell worked a scoreless seventh inning which included inducing a 5-4-3 double play, the Ragin’ Cajuns’ second twin-killing of the night.