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Ms. Vallie Kaye Gaspard

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Softball: Two Cajuns Grab League Honors - Vallie Gaspard and Donna Bourgeois Recognized

February 15, 2010

www.ragincajuns.com - After jumping out to a 5-0 start over the weekend, Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns softball team had two players earn weekly Sun Belt Awards. Vallie Gaspard was named the league’s hitter of the week, while Donna Bourgeois garnered pitcher of the week honors as UL claimed the title at the 24th Annual Louisiana Classic.

Both were named to the 2010 24th Annual Louisiana Classic All-Tournament team, with Gaspard earning Most Valuable Player honors.


Gaspard led the Cajuns’ in the batting box for the tournament, posting a .571 batting average. She was also named the MVP for the tournament.


The speedy slapper recorded eight hits, eight runs and four RBI in 14 at bats. Three of her RBIs were claimed with two outs on the board. She drew two walks and one hit-by-pitch to end with a .647 on-base percentage.


On the bases, she was 2-for-2 on stolen bases. She was perfect in the outfield with 1.000 fielding percentage in six chances.


Donna Bourgeois added another honor to her resume, starting off the 2010 season with a 3-0 record and earning Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week honors for the fifth time in her career.


Over the weekend, Bourgeois posted three shutouts. Against Bryant on Friday, she threw three innings in a 16-0 five-inning win, striking out four and allowing no hits. In the complete game against Syracuse, she struck out 10 and gave up just three hits as the Cajuns grabbed a 9-0 win. In the 9-0 run-rule win against Bradley, the hurler allowed just one hit while fanning four.


For the weekend, she walked just one batter and allowed only four hits in 51 at bats. Opponents had a tough time in the batter’s box, posting a paltry .078 batting average.


Bourgeois was named the 2009 Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year and was picked as the league’s preseason Pitcher of the Year for 2010. She was also named to the ASA’s Top-50 watch list.


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Softball: Gaspard Helps Cajuns Claim Title

February 14, 2010

Compliments RaginCajuns.com


Vallie Gaspard was named the most valuable player as Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns softball team improved to 5-0 this season and claimed the title at the 24th Annual Louisiana Classic on Sunday at Lamson Park. The Cajuns grabbed a 9-0 win over Bradley in the morning before rallying back to beat Syracuse, 10-4, in the tournament’s final game.

Gaspard, a speedy slapper from Maurice, La., posted a .571 batting average over the weekend. She scored eight runs on four hits and recorded four RBI for the tournament. Four other Cajuns also garnered all-tournament honors.


In the 5-0 start, UL outscored the opposition 52-4.


Game One


In the first game against Bradley, UL would strike first, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Britni Soria reached base on a fielding error, stole second and advance to third on a ground out by Nerrisa Myers. She would cross the plate after Amanda Clack was called for an illegal pitch.


Two singles by Lana Bowers and Soria would drive in two runs in the third inning. With Soria and Bowers on the corners, the Cajuns would execute a double steal, allowing Bowers to cross the plate and take a 4-0 lead after three innings.


The Cajuns would continue to score in the fourth after loading the bases. Melissa Verde grounded out to first bases but the runners were able to advance. Pinch runner, Courtney Trahan, scored UL’s fifth run on the afternoon on Verde’s out. Christi Orgeron would draw a walk to reload the bases. Back-to-back, two-RBI doubles by Bowers and Soria stretched the Cajuns’ lead to 9-0.


Donna Bourgeois proved effective in the circle against Bradley. In five innings, she struck out four and walked none. The Braves managed just one hit, hitting into seven ground outs.


Bowers and Soria both finished with two hits and three RBI. Katie Smith finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored.


Game 2


The second proved a struggle for UL. After holding opponents scoreless through 24.0 innings, the Cajuns found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first against Syracuse. Syracuse was able to post runners on the corners after drawing two walks and grabbing a stolen base. On a steal attempt at second, Bowers committed a throwing error, allowing Lisaira Daniels to score from third. The run was unearned.


But the Cajuns would not be down for long. Erikka Murphy and Gabriele Bridges would draw walks in the top of the second. Then with two outs, Vallie Gaspard singled to left field and Murphy would score to tie the contest, 1-1.


UL would reclaim the lead in the next innings. Verde would lead off with a single. Trahan would come as a pinch runner and steal second. Bowers then hit a double into the corner in right field, allowing Trahan to cross the plate.


Syracuse would respond in the bottom of the second inning, scoring three runs on four hits to take a 4-2 lead.


But a six-run, fourth-inning rally by the Cajuns would retake the lead or good. The inning would start with UL loading the bases after a walk and two singles. Smith would reach first allowing Bridges to score from third. A two-RBI single by Verde would drive in two more runs before Christi Orgeron would send one over the centerfield fence. All runs were scored with no outs on the board.


After allowing Syracuse to grab four runs in third, Brittany Cuevas shutdown the Orange for the remainder of the game. In the final four innings, she struck out four batters and allowed only hit. She finished the game with nine strikeouts and four walks.


The Cajuns will now head to Houston for the Marriot Inivitational, Feb. 19-21. In the first game, UL will take on Iowa State on Friday at 11:00 a.m. CT.


Louisiana Classic All-Tournament Team

Donna Bourgeois, UL

Lana Bowers, UL

Vallie Gaspard, UL

Christi Orgeron, UL

Melissa Verde, UL

Kate Singler, Bradley

Taylor Cox, Bradley

Brandi Ore, Bradley

Veronica Grant, Syracuse

Stephanie Watts, Syracuse


MVP - Vallie Gaspard, UL
Softball:  2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010


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