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Softball: No. 10 Louisiana Tops No. 21 Baylor, Completes Friday Sweep & Kent State Win

WACO, Texas – 10th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball picked up a Top 25 victory at the Baylor Invitational on Friday, defeating 21st-ranked Baylor 5-2 at Getterman Stadium.
 
Casidy Chaumont provided a three-hit effort with each hit triggering a run-scoring frame for the Ragin' Cajuns (13-0). Summer Ellyson was strong in the pitching circle striking out 10 and limiting the Bears (8-5) to four hits.
 
The Ragin' Cajuns, who posted a 21-1 (5 inn.) win over Kent State earlier in the day, completed a sweep of opening day action in the Baylor Invitational.
 
Louisiana clinched the No. 1 seed for bracket play in the tournament, which begins Saturday at 3 p.m., and kept its undefeated start to the 2019 season intact.
 
LEADING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
Chaumont finished 3-for-4 at the plate, posted the game's initial RBI and scored a game-high two runs.
 
Keeli Milligan posted the other multiple-hit outing finishing 2-for-4 and picked up two more stolen bases to increase her season total to 21-for-21.
 
Alissa Dalton clinched the outcome in the sixth inning when she drove a two-out, two-run single up the middle to extend the lead to 5-2. Dalton increased her RBI total for the day to five with the clutch hit.
 
Ellyson posted her fifth complete game of seven innings with less than 100 pitches needed for the result (threw 98). She faced only four over the minimum and combined with the defense to turn two double plays.
 
KEY MOMENTS OF THE GAME

  • Chaumont gave Louisiana the lead for good in the second inning when she drove the first pitch she saw down the right field line to score Raina O'Neal (leadoff single).
  • Ellyson induced a 4-6-3 double play in the bottom half of the second inning to erase a leadoff single from Goose McGlaun and prevent an answer from the hosts.
  • Chaumont led off the fourth inning with her second double of the game and later scored on Sarah Hudek's sacrifice fly.
  • Milligan used her speed to force an errant throw in the fourth inning which allowed her to score increasing Louisiana's lead to 3-0.
  • Ellyson notched a strikeout to close the bottom half of the fourth inning to halt Baylor's rally after a two-run single trimmed the Ragin' Cajuns lead to 3-2.
  • Dalton's two-run single foiled Baylor's attempt to work out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the sixth inning.
  • Aside from a hit by pitch in the seventh inning, Ellyson retired each Baylor hitter over the final two innings to secure the triumph.

UP NEXT
No. 10 Louisiana completes round robin play in the Baylor Invitational on Saturday facing North Texas (8-3) at 10 a.m., then begins bracket play at 3 p.m. against the fourth-seeded squad.
 
Fans can also listen to all of Saturday's action on SportsRadio ESPN 1420-AM with Bobby Neveaux providing play-by-play.
 
SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE
• Season tickets, beginning at $100, are available online at RaginCajuns.com using Account Manager, by calling the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at (337) 265-2170 or by visiting the ticket office in person Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and extended hours during Ragin' Cajuns basketball events.
• Fans who purchase season tickets receive priority access for any potential NCAA postseason games held at Lamson Park.
• For information on premium seating and parking at Lamson Park, contact the Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Foundation (RCAF) at (337) 851-2903. General admission parking at Cajun Field will be free for all games during the 2019 season.

Kent State Win

Louisiana scores each inning in coasting to runaway win over Kent State

WACO, Texas – Charged by an offense which generated seven extra base hits 10th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball collected a 21-1 (5 inn.) victory over Kent State in its opening contest at the Baylor Invitational.
 
Louisiana (12-0) plated eight runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to distance themselves from the Golden Flashes (4-3).
 
The Ragin' Cajuns tied their season-high runs total and collected a season-best 19 total hits spread out amongst nine different players.
 
The win extended Louisiana's season-opening winning streak and continued the program's best start since 2015. The Ragin' Cajuns played their first contest away from Lamson Park in the 2019 season.
 
LEADING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
Seven different starters posted at least one RBI with Bailey Curry leading the way with a career-high six RBI. Curry hit one of Louisiana's three home runs in the contest, a three-run shot in the fourth inning which moved the lead into double figures at 11-0.
 
Alissa Dalton, Kara Gremillion and Raina O'Neal each tallied three RBI. Sarah Hudek posted multiple extra base hits by doubling twice in the fifth inning.
 
Keeli Milligan tied the school's single-game record with four stolen bases and increased her season total to 19 in as many attempts.
 
Carrie Boswell (3-0, 0.55 ERA) received the start in the circle and worked four scoreless innings holding the Golden Flashes to just two hits.
 
KEY MOMENTS OF THE GAME

  • Milligan drew a leadoff walk to start the game, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error to provide Louisiana with an early lead.
  • Boswell induced a 4-6-3 double play to bring an end to Kent State's first at bat and prevent an answer.
  • Curry opened the scoring in the third inning with a two-run single down the left field line which pushed the lead to 4-0. That was the start of back-to-back plate appearances in which she generated five RBI, as the next time at the dish she launched the three-run home run in the fourth inning.

UP NEXT
No. 10 Louisiana closes out Day 1 of the Baylor Invitational at Getterman Stadium in Waco facing 21st-ranked Baylor at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The contest will be live streamed via Facebook Live on the Baylor Softball page (Facebook.com/BaylorSoftball). Fans can also listen to all of the action called by Bobby Neveaux on SportsRadio ESPN 1420-AM.

SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE
• Season tickets, beginning at $100, are available online at RaginCajuns.com using Account Manager, by calling the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at (337) 265-2170 or by visiting the ticket office in person Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and extended hours during Ragin' Cajuns basketball events.
• Fans who purchase season tickets receive priority access for any potential NCAA postseason games held at Lamson Park.
• For information on premium seating and parking at Lamson Park, contact the Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Foundation (RCAF) at (337) 851-2903. General admission parking at Cajun Field will be free for all games during the 2019 season.



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