Softball: Cajuns Sweep Doubleheader From Troy
Steve Peloquin, ESPN 1420 website, March 24, 2018
The 21st-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns were victorious in a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in Troy, Alabama.
Louisiana continued their Sun Belt Conference schedule by sweeping a doubleheader from the Troy Trojans, winning the first game, 4-2, in 11 innings, before also winning the nightcap, 8-7, both in come-from-behind fashion.
The doubleheader represented the first two games of a three-game, weekend, conference series.
The two wins improved UL's current win streak to seven games.
The twinbill sweep also guaranteed Louisiana a conference series win, and extends their league series win streak to 40-straight, dating back to 2013.
The two come-from-behind wins gives the Cajuns 10 on the season.
In the opener, Louisiana trailed, 2-0, before scoring single runs in the 5th and 6th innings to tie it.
In the top half of the 11th, Beth Ashley doubled home Lexie Comeaux with two outs to give them the lead, 3-2, before Aeriyl Mass tripled home Ashley, to make it 4-2.
That would be all UL would need, as they went on to the 2-run triumph.
Louisiana, who outhit Troy, 10-4, was paced at the plate by Alissa Dalton, who went 3-for-5, while Kelli Martinez collected two hits.
Summer Ellyson (9-3) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing only four hits and one earned run over 11.0 innings.
Annie Willis (7-4), suffered the loss for the Trojans, allowing 4 runs on 10 hits over 11.0 innings pitched.
View the game one box score here.
In the second game, Louisiana trailed, 7-2, after two innings, but scored two runs in the top of the third, courtesy of a two-run homer by Beth Ashley, her first of the season, to trim the deficit to 7-4, prior to adding another run in the top half of the 4th, to make it 7-5.
The score stayed that way until the top half of the 6th inning, when Comeaux crushed a clutch two-out, 3-run homer, her third of the season, to give the Cajuns an 8-7 advantage, and the eventual one-run win.
Louisiana, who outhit Troy, 8-5, was paced at the plate by Ashley and Comeaux, who both homered, while Ashley and Brittany Rodriguez each collected two hits.
Casey Dixon (6-1) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing only one earned run over 4.2 innings.
Claire Graves (4-6) suffered the loss for the Trojans, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits over 4.2 innings pitched.
View the game two box score here.
With the doubleheader sweep, Louisiana improved to 20-6, overall, and 7-1 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Troy fell to 17-14, and 3-5, respectively.
The two teams will conclude their three-game set with a Sunday single game beginning at noon.
You can hear all the play-by-play action on Sports Radio ESPN 1420 and espn1420.com, beginning with the pregame show at 11:45 am.