UL Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From South Alabama
The 21st-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns certainly had a Good Friday at Lamson Park.
Louisiana swept a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader from the South Alabama Jaguars, winning the first game, 7-1, before also winning the nightcap, 5-4, in 8 innings.
The doubleheader represented the first two games of a three-game, weekend, conference series.
The twinbill sweep cinches another conference series win for Louisiana, extending their league series win streak to 41-straight, dating back to March of 2013.
In the opener, Louisiana drew first blood, plating a run in the bottom half of the first inning, when Brittany Rodriguez walked to begin the frame, before later scoring on a clutch two-out single off the bat of Beth Ashley, to give them a quick 1-0 lead.
South Alabama tied it in the top half of the fourth inning, when Brittani Reid blasted a two-out solo homer, her third of the season, to make it 1-1.
The Cajuns took the lead for good in the bottom half of the 5th inning, when Kourtney Gremillion smashed a two-run homer, her second of the season, to give them a 3-1 advantage.
UL blew the game wide open in the bottom half of the 6th inning, scoring four runs on three hits, including a run-scoring double by Lexie Comeaux and a two-run single off the bat of Kelli Martinez, to make it 7-1.
That would be all that Louisiana would need, as they went on to the 6-run triumph
Louisiana, who outhit South Alabama, 8-5, was paced at the plate by Kourtney Gremillion, who homered, while also droving in two runs and scoring twice.
Summer Ellyson (10-4) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing only one run on five hits over 7.0 innings, while striking out 9.
Devin Brown (11-9), suffered the loss for the Jaguars, allowing 7 runs on 8 hits over 6.0 innings pitched.
View the game one box score here.
In the second game, South Alabama scored first, plating three runs on two hits in the top half of the 5th inning, including a run-scoring single by Kaleigh Todd, and a two-run single by Haleigh Lowe, to give them a 3-0 lead.
Louisiana rallied and tied it in the bottom half of the 6th inning however, when Ashley crushed a three-run homer, her second of the season, to make it 3-3.
The Jaguars scored the go-ahead run in the top half of the 8th inning, when Brittany Reid hit a solo homer over the left-centerfield fence, to give them a 4-3 advantage.
The Cajuns weren't done however, as Kara Gremillion led off the bottom of the 8th with a walk, and then scored on a triple off the bat of Alissa Dalton, to tie things, 4-4.
With one out, Dalton got caught in a rundown on a ground ball to third, but knocked the ball free on a tag at home plate, and scored the winning run, giving UL an exciting 5-4 win.
For Louisiana, it was their 11th come-from-behind victory this year.
Louisiana, who evened South Alabama in the hit column, 6-6, was paced at the plate by Ashley, who homered and drove in three runs.
Summer Ellyson (11-4) recorded the win for the Cajuns, twirling two innings of relief.
Alexis Reid (7-7) suffered the loss for the Jaguars, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 8.0 innings.
View the game two box score here.
With the doubleheader sweep, Louisiana improved to 22-7, overall, and 9-2 in Sun Belt Conference play, while South Alabama fell to 18-16, and 5-5, respectively.
The two teams will conclude their three-game set with a Saturday single game beginning at 1 o'clock.
You can hear all the play-by-play action on Sports Radio ESPN 1420 and espn1420.com, beginning with the pregame show at 12:45 pm.