Louisiana-Lafayette wins twice at Louisiana Classics

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LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team went into the second day of the 27th Annual Louisiana Classics on a three-game winning streak, each win ending early because of the eight-run mercy rule.

That trend continued Saturday for the Ragin’ Cajuns, who topped Texas State 9-1 in six innings early in the afternoon, then hammered Mississippi Valley State 16-4 in five innings later Saturday at Lamson Park.

In two games, the Cajuns scored 25 runs and hit four home runs — including two from Sarah Draheim in the first game, Brianna Cherry’s second homer of the weekend and Megan Waterman’s first career homer.

The Cajuns jumped on the scoreboard early against Texas State, scoring one run in the first three innings before adding one more in the fifth and five in the sixth to enact the eight-run mercy rule.

Draheim hit her first homer of the day, a blast to left field that cleared the bleachers. She followed that with another homer, this one to the opposite field, driving in three runs. Draheim finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

The Cajuns’ other big star in the first game was sophomore pitcher Jordan Wallace, who took a perfect game into the final inning. She alowed only one hit and one unearned run.

Wallace improved her season record to 4-0, with a 0.67 ERA in four starts. She has thrown 21 innings, allowing two earned runs and three walks while striking out 34 batters.

The Cajuns picked up in the second game where they left off in the first game, scoring four in the first inning and nine runs in the second inning.

They took advantage of an error and used timely hitting to score their first four runs. Shellie Landry drove in the first two runs with a single down the right-field line, followed by a Sara Corbello RBI single. Leandra Maly singled later in the inning, making it 4-0.

The Cajuns followed up their nine-batter first inning with a 13-batter second to make the score 13-0. The inning was highlighted by Cherry’s three-run homer and another two-RBI hit by Landry.

The Cajuns didn’t stop there, after putting zeroes on the board in the third and fourth innings, Waterman hit her first career home run, to left field with two on, to make the score 16-4.

Shellie Landry finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBIs, and Cherry and Waterman both had three RBI on the game to lead the team.

Sara Corbello went 3-for-3 and was the only Cajun with a three-hit game.

Kristin Martinez (1-1) started game two for the Cajuns, tossing four innings, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two. She picked up her first win as a Ragin’ Cajun.

Christina Hamilton closed the game for the Cajuns, tossing a perfect fifth inning with two strikeouts.

The Cajuns return to Lamson Park for the finale of the Louisiana Classics against Texas State at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Prior to that game, Texas State and Mississippi Valley State will square off at 11:00 a.m.

The Cajuns will head on the road for a game at McNeese State at 7 p.m. Wednesday. They then head to Clearwater, Fla., for five games at the NCFA Leadoff Classic.