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Softball: 15th-Ranked Ragin' Cajuns Power Past North Florida

LAFAYETTE – Powered by an 11-hit attack the 15th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball squad moved to 2-0 in the Louisiana Classics tournament with an 8-6 win over North Florida at Lamson Park.
 
The Ragin' Cajuns (9-2) responded to a three-run first from North Florida (7-7) by plating six runs in the bottom half to erase the early deficit and never looked back.
 
Louisiana finished the night with a season-high four extra base hits – all doubles. It was the team's fifth come-from-behind win this season.
 
LEADING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
Alissa Dalton turned in a 3-for-4 showing at the plate, reaching three hits for the fourth time and collecting her team-leading sixth multiple-hit game.
 
A pair of newcomers energized the offense as freshman Caitlin Garcia and sophomore transfer Kynadi Tipler each posted two RBI. Garcia gave Louisiana the lead for good with a two-run double in the first inning – her first collegiate base hit.
 
In the circle, Casey Dixon held UNF to a single run over her final three innings of work and earned her second collegiate victory. Kylee Jo Trahan bridged the gap to the final inning by tossing a scoreless fifth and sixth inning.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Ospreys benefitted from a pair of infield singles and a two-out walk to load the bases in the top of the first, then Tiffany Lower laced a bases-clearing triple into the right field corner.
 
Kourtney Gremillion ignited the Ragin' Cajuns response in the bottom of the first with a one-out double. Dalton and Kara Gremillion followed with base hits to push across the initial run, a fielder's choice grounder pulled the hosts within a run and then Garcia's double made it 4-3.
 
After UNF plated another two-out run in the fourth inning, Louisiana responded immediately once again. Two runs were pushed across in the bottom half off a double from Tipler and a Casidy Chaumont sacrifice fly and the lead was extended to 8-4.
 
The Ospreys were able to get a pair of runs off of Trahan in the seventh inning and had the bases loaded. A strikeout looking of pinch hitter Becca Enter wrapped up the win for Louisiana.
 
NOTEWORTHY
- Louisiana's 11 hits marked the team's fourth game reaching double digits. It was the highest output since 11 vs. Iowa on Feb. 11.
- Alissa Dalton extended her hitting streak to eight games. During the streak, which dates back to Feb. 10 vs. Eastern Illinois, she is batting 19-fo-31 (.613).
- The Ragin' Cajuns played error-free for the third consecutive game. For the season, the squad has committed just nine errors over 329 chances (.973 FLD%).
- The contest marked the first-ever meeting between Louisiana and North Florida.
- Prior to Friday, UNF pitching had yielded more than five runs only twice in 13 previous games (9 vs. #2 Florida, 6 vs RV McNeese).
- With the crowd of 1,675 in attendance, the Ragin' Cajuns have drawn over 1,500 for each of their eight playing dates at Lamson Park thus far.
 
UP NEXT
No. 15 Louisiana plays a pair of games in the 32nd Annual Louisiana Classics on Saturday. The Ragin' Cajuns are set to face North Florida at 2 p.m. and UMBC at 7 p.m. at Lamson Park.
 
For a complete list of games, links to live stats and video, plus ticket and parking info visit Tournament Central at www.RaginCajuns.com/SoftballLouisianaClassics.
 
For more information on Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball, as well as all of Ragin' Cajuns Athletics, visit RaginCajuns.com. Fans can also follow along with the team on Facebook (/RaginCajunsSB) and Twitter (@RaginCajunsSB).
 

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