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Softball: Sigur debuts as Cajuns sweep WKU

Lafayette High grad helps UL to 10-1 victory

In her first collegiate start, former Lafayette High standout Shari Sigur shined in front of her home crowd.

Sigur shut down a Western Kentucky team who had nine hits off of Cajuns ace Brittany Cuevas in the first game of Saturday’s double header, holding them to only two hits as the Cajuns wrapped up a doubleheader sweep with a 10-1 win in the nightcap Saturday.

"I just came out focused and hit my spots," Sigur said. "Coach Lotief told me before the game to just get the signal and hit the spot. That’s what I did and the defense played great behind me and had my back on every pitch."

The Cajuns (31-7, 6-2) eight-run ruled the Hilltoppers in the fifth 10-1 in the second game. The Cajuns captured the first game 3-2 in a pitching battle.

Although the Cajuns only mange three runs in the first game, two of which came off of walks, they were able to warm up in the second game, exploding for 10 runs and four homeruns.

"The offense was fun," said a smiling co-head coach Michael Lotief about the second game. "That’s the way we were hitting early on in the season. Batters 1-9 were able to get good hits. Teams had made adjustments on us, so we worked our tails off this week to make adjustments to them. We’ve got to keep it going, and adjust again."

In game two the Cajuns jumped out early with an RBI fielder’s choice by Desi Chatman. Lana Bowers then added to the lead with a two-out single. A walk with the bases loaded put the third run on the board for the Cajuns.

The second inning started a homerun derby for the Cajuns. Holly Tankersley blasted the Cajuns to a 4-0 lead with the first homerun of the afternoon, her 11th on the year. Codi Runyan then muscled a two-run homer into the wind that landed in the left field bleachers.

Two innings later, Lacey Bertucci eaked a two-run homer over left-center, passing a foot over the outfielder’s outstretched glove. Bowers then hit her second homerun of the season, a two-run blast to right field.

Game one turned for the Cajuns in the fourth inning, trailing 2-1.

After Lana Bowers battled her way on base with a shot to right field, two sacrifice bunts, and ensuing errors on the third baseman and confusion by the pitcher as to where to throw on the second, loaded the bases for the Cajuns.

Two straight two-out walks gave the Cajuns the lead.

Cuevas pitched out of a jam in the sixth. After the Hilltoppers loaded the bases with two outs, Cuevas coerced Sam Cronk into a pop up to centerfield.

Lotief said the drastic difference in hits against Cuevas and Sigur was due to scouting.

"Cuevas is one of the most scouted pitchers in the country," said Lotief. "Obviously they were prepared for her. I think Shari came in and gave them a different look."

Sigur shines

 

Former Lafayette High All-Stater Shari Sigur made her Ragin’ Cajun softball debut Saturday and gave up two hits in earning the victory on the hill. Sigur went the distance and gave up one run on two hits while striking out one batter and walking one batter.

Originally published in the Daily Advertiser, March 25, 2007