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Softball: UL softball records 1,000th win in sweep

Softball: UL softball records 1,000th win in sweep

Softball: UL softball records 1,000th win in sweep

Bruce Brown, Daily Advertiser 

Wednesday was a grand day in Monroe, as Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns swept the UL Monroe Indians 6-2 and 9-0 for the 1,000th and 1,001st victories in school history.

Now 1,001-299 all-time, Louisiana joined Arizona, UCLA, California, Cal State Fullerton, South Carolina, Arizona State and Michigan as programs in NCAA Division I that have reached 1,000 wins.

Coach Stefni Lotief’s squad, ranked 14th in the nation, also ran its season winning streak to 12 in a row with the victories.

Senior All-American Brooke Mitchell improved to 22-6 this season with a win in the first game. She struck out 10 and now has 1,243 for her UL career to pass Texas A&M’s Shawn Andaya (1,234) for the No. 10 spot on the NCAA’s all-time career list.

It took five runs in the final three innings to assure victory in the opener.

UL also got busy late in the nightcap with eight runs in the last three innings to back Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week Heather Bobbitt.

The Cajuns had 10 extra base hits and a total of 19 for the evening, while ripping six doubles and belting four home runs.

Louisiana (34-7) returns to action this weekend, hosting North Texas for the squad’s third Sun Belt series of the season.

A third-inning error allowed ULM to tie the first game at 1-1, but the visitors regained the lead in the fifth when Sun Belt Player of the Week Jill Robertson lashed an RBI double to plate Codi Runyan. Brittany Bryant’s single then scored Robertson to make it 3-1.

Three hits produced threee UL runs in the sixth, sparked by Crystal George’s leadoff home run and topped by Danyele Gomez’s two-run single.

Robertson led off the nightcap with a double down the left field line. Danyele Gomez followed Robertson’s frozen rope with a double of her own deep into the left center field gap to score Robertson for the 1-0 lead.

Bobbitt held ULM at bay until the offense hit high gear.

Posted April 21, 2005