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Softball: UL bites back: Cajuns stun No. 1 seed Florida

 ‘We know how good we are’

Joshua Parrott • jparrott@theadvertiser.com • May 30, 2008  

OKLAHOMA CITY – Vanessa Soto refused to call it an upset for UL’s softball team. 

But make no mistake: The senior second baseman loved the feeling after the Ragin’ Cajuns stunned top-seeded Florida, 3-2, in eight innings Thursday on the first day of the Women’s College World Series.

The cheers of "Ragin’ Cajuns" rang throughout ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City after unseeded UL won a game televised live on ESPN.

"If people want to underestimate us, that’s fine," Soto said. "We know how good we are."

The Cajuns trailed 2-0 before Soto and senior All-American Holly Tankersley started a late rally. After Soto’s two-run double off All-America pitcher Stacey Nelson with two outs in the fifth inning tied it 2-2, Tankersley hit a solo home run in the eighth for a 3-2 lead.

Freshman Ashley Brignac capped a 15-strikeout, complete-game outing with a perfect eighth as the Cajuns (52-13) beat a top-ranked team for only the second time in program history. The other time came in a 5-0 win against Arizona in regional play in 2004.

On Thursday, it was against a Florida team (67-4) that had tied the NCAA’s single-season record for victories.

"I think this might be the biggest win in the history of the university," said Scott Farmer, UL’s senior associate athletics director. "And they did it on the biggest stage of the sport."

The national platform made the day even more special for the Cajuns, who play at 6 tonight against No. 5 seed Texas A&M on ESPN2.

"You really can’t buy the exposure we got for the last three hours," Farmer said. "If people didn’t know who the Ragin’ Cajuns were before, I think people know now."