No. 20 Louisiana Pulls Away From @MemphisSoftball in 13-2 victory.
Feb. 15, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. - No. 20 Louisiana (5-3-1) used the long ball to defeat Memphis (3-5) 13-2 in six innings at Lamson Park on Saturday evening.
The Tigers went 1-1 on day two of the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational, and will conclude the event with one more game against Valparaiso on Sunday.
The Ragin' Cajuns hit six homeruns in Saturday's contest, two from center fielder Haley Hayden, in the game to pull away from the Tigers.
The six home runs for Louisiana is the most allowed in a game by Memphis in the program's history.
Christian Novak (2-1) suffered the loss for Memphis. The freshman shut out the powerful Louisiana offense for the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Novak pitched 3.2 innings and allowed five runs in the game.
Christina Hamilton (2-0) picked up the win for Louisiana, pitching a complete game in the victory and allowing three hits.
Memphis, playing as the home team, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Freshman Lindsay Crowdus led off with a single up the middle, then stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. Brittany Vaughn drove in Crowdus with a sacrifice fly to center field giving Memphis the 1-0 edge.
The Tigers doubled the lead in the bottom of the second. With one out in the frame, Cierra Mangum reached on a Louisiana error and moved to second on a single by Jaye Smith. Calli Irvin followed with a run-scoring single off the left field wall, bringing home Mangum to give Memphis a 2-0 advantage.
Novak was able to keep Louisiana scoreless and work out of a jam in the top of the third. An error and a bunt single by Louisiana by Natalie Fernandez put two runners on base with no outs. Novak retired the next two batters before walking Shelbi Redfearn to load the bases. Novak then forced a fly out from Kelsey Vincent to end the frame.
Louisiana finally broke through in the top of the fourth. Novak hit two batters and walked a third to load the bases. Sarah Arcenaux tied the game at two with a single, before Hayden hit a three-run home run to left center field to give the Ragin' Cajuns a 5-2 lead.
Louisiana extended the lead to 7-2 in the fifth inning after a two-run home run by Sara Corbello off of Jordan Richwood. The Ragin' Cajuns broke the game open in the sixth, scoring six runs in the frame and hitting four home runs, to push the advantage to 13-2. During the inning, Hayden hit her second home run of the contest.
Hayden finished the game 2-of-4 at the plate with five runs batted in for the Ragin' Cajuns.
Memphis concludes play in the 2014 Ragin' Cajuns Invitational against Valparaiso tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at Lamson Park.