Lady Cajuns Take Two

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns softball team needed extra innings Friday in consecutive game as they defeated UCONN, 9-4 in the first game and downed Kentucky, 5-2 in the final game of day one at the Mardi Gras Invitational at Alfred and Helen Lamson Park.

In the first game of the day against UCONN the Cajuns scored five runs in the top of the 10th inning thanks to a grand slam by Melissa Verde.

Leading 4-3, the Cajuns allowed a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings. Neither team could score in the first two extra frames, until the Louisiana bats came alive in the 10th. The Ragin' Cajuns scored the go-ahead, but added four insurance runs with one swing as Verde connected on her third home run of the season – a grand slam over the right center field fence.

The Cajuns offense finished with 12 hits on the night, including three extra base hits. Karli Hubbard, Verde and Vallie Gaspard finished the night with multiple hits in the game. Hubbard was 3-for-5 with three runs score and two runs batted in, while Verde and Gaspard closed out the game with a pair of hits apiece. Verde's hits included a double and her grand slam.

In the circle, Donna Bourgeois picked up her sixth win of the year. She entered the game in the fourth inning in relief and pitched the final 7.0 innings of the game. Bourgeois fanned 11 batters in the game with no walks. She scattered five hits and allowed just one run.

Game Two

In game two, the Cajuns once again needed extra innings to defeat Kentucky,5-2, in nine innings.

Tied 2-2, Gabriele Bridges led off the inning with a single to left field. The Wildcats left fielder threw the ball away allowing Bridges to advance all the way to third base. Lana Bowers was hit by a pitch to give UL runners on the corners. After an out, Kelly Cormier walked to load the bases. A wild pitch plated pitch runner Courtney Trahan for the go-ahead run.

With runners on second and third, Christi Orgeron hit a sacrifice fly to give the Cajuns a two-run advantage. A second error by Kentucky allowed Cormier to score and give Louisiana a 5-2 lead, which they would hold.

Donna Bourgeois, who worked 7.0 innings in the Cajuns' first game of the day, threw a complete game in the night cap. Bourgeois scattered five hits in 9.0 innings of work. She struck out 13 batters in the game, while issuing just four walks. Bourgeois held Kentucky in check causing the Wildcats to leave 11 batters stranded, including seven in scoring position.

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