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Dalton's extra-inning walk-off lifts Cajuns past McNeese

Louisiana 8, McNeese 7
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Posted at 11:20 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 00:20:06-05

Alissa Dalton's eighth-inning double lifted Louisiana past McNeese Wednesday night, 8-7.

The game ended about as crazy as it started.

Louisiana took an early lead in the first off what was officially ruled a two-run triple from Julie Rawls. The senior catcher hit a three-run home run in the inning, but was rule out when she removed her helmet before she got to home plate. Louisiana would end up scoring the third run anyways. (Other unusual notes from the first include a two-out illegal pitch on a play that ended the inning, an overturned third out, and an interference call on a stolen base.)

The Cajuns saw the lead evaporate in the fifth when Chloe Gomez homered off Kandra Lamb. Lamb, who threw 97 pitches in less than five innings, had her moments in the circle striking out 8 batters.

Summery Ellyson came on in relief and the Cajuns gave her run support quickly. Justice Milz drove in two on a single in the bottom of the 5th, before Jade Gortarez smacked a two run home run giving Louisiana a 7-3 lead. The Cajuns carried a 7-4 lead into the 7th before Ellyson allowed three seventh inning runs, including a by Haylee Brinlee.

But in extra innings Dalton came through in the clutch, giving the Cajuns a 6th-straight win to start the year. Louisiana is in the midst of playing eight games in six days, which includes a match-up with LSU Thursday, Glasco thought his team may have got caught looking past the Cowgirls.

"I wouldn't be surprised if the lack of focus tonight is immaturity of us looking ahead, looking to tomorrow night," he said. "I knew we couldn't do that. (If you) Look at the Baylor and Arkansas games (McNeese played) and you knew it was going to be a dogfight."

Louisiana hosts LSU Thursday, first pitch is 6:00 p.m.
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