Cajuns Sweep La. Tech; Win Streak at 12

LAFAYETTE-Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns softball swept a doubleheader with in-state rival Louisiana Tech on Tuesday at Alfred and Helen Lamson Park to push their winning streak up to 12 games. The Cajuns claimed a 8-0 five-inning shutout, before claiming a 3-2 nine-inning victory in the night cap.

The Cajuns (13-2) received solid pitching performances in both games from pitchers Donna Bourgeois and Ashley Brignac.

Bourgeois picked up a pair of victories, tossing a complete game in game one and throwing two innings of relief in game two. On the day, Bourgeois recorded 12 strikeouts, allowing no runs on four hits.

Brignac was equally as effective. She worked 7.0 innings, before giving way to Bourgeois. She surrendered two unearned runs on five hits. Brignac fanned a career-high 16 batters in the game. Her 16 Ks topped her previous high of 15 strikeouts set against No. 1 Florida in the first game of the 2008 Women's College World Series.

Offensively, the Cajuns collected 21 hits in the two games, with eight hits in game one and 13 hits in game two. Eight Ragin' Cajuns players collected hits on the day, including seven batters who collected multiple hits combined in the twin bill.

Karli Hubbard and Erikka Murphy led the Cajuns with four hits apiece. Hubbard collected a pair of hits in each game, while Murphy finished game two 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Lana Bowers and Codi Runyan each had three hits apiece on the day, while Gabriele Bridges, Katie Smith and Melissa Verde all had a pair of hits on the day.

GAME 1 RECAP The Ragin' Cajuns softball team increased their winning streak to 11 games as they defeated Louisiana Tech, 8-0, in the first game of a doubleheader at Lamson Park.

The Cajuns scored eight runs on eight hits and relied on a solid pitching effort from Donna Bourgeois to shutout their fourth opponent in a row.

Bourgeois worked 5.0 scoreless innings surrendering just three hits. She walked one and fanned eight batters.

The Cajuns scored one run in the second and third innings before erupting for six runs in the fifth inning for their second rule-rule victory of the season.

Karli Hubbard and Lana Bowers both finished game one 2-for-2. Both Hubbard and Bowers scored a run with Bowers driving in a run as well.

Melissa Verde paced the Cajuns with two runs batted in, while Katie Smith and Gabriele Bridges led the team with two runs scored apiece.

Louisiana were effective on the bases, stealing a season high six stolen bases in the game.

The Cajuns scratched a run across in the second inning. Bridges led off the inning with a walk. She advanced all the way to third base thanks to a two-base throwing error by Louisiana Tech. With one out, Bowers drew a free pass to give UL runners on the corners. The Cajuns successfully pulled off a double steal to plate the first run of the game and take a 1-0 lead.

Louisiana added a run in the third inning. Smith collected an infield single to shortstop and advanced to second on an error by La. Tech. Hubbard followed with a single to second base to give the Cajuns runners on the corners. Verde hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Smith and give UL a 2-0 advantage.

The Lady Techsters threatened in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Bourgeois fanned the next batter of the inning, but a wild pitch allowed the runner to reach first base. A single gave Louisiana Tech runners on second and third. The next batter of the inning singled down the left field line. The runner on second tried to score, but Smith displayed her arm and threw out the runner at home. A groundout ended the inning and the Lady Techsters' threat.

Louisiana scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to complete the run-rule victory. The Cajuns sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth inning. They collected just three hits in the inning but benefited from a sacrifice fly and four walks in the inning.


Louisiana claimed a 3-2 extra inning victory in the second game of the doubleheader to extend their winning streak to a dozen.

Donna Bourgeois picked up the win for the Cajuns. She worked 2.0 innings in relief of starting pitcher Ashley Brignac. Bourgeois did not allow a run, surrendering just one hit. She struck out four batters without allowing a walk.

Brignac earned the start, scattering five hits over 7.0 innings of work. She surrendered a pair of unearned runs. Brignac fanned a career high 16 batters, topping her previous high of 15 against No. 1 Florida in the first game of the 2008 Women's College World Series.

In the night cap, the two teams were locked in a pitchers duel for the first four innings.

Louisiana Tech broke the scoreless deadlock with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. With two outs, an error by the Cajuns extended the inning and Amberly Waits made UL pay for the mistake. She lifted a 1-2 pitch over the left center field wall to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

The two runs ended a streak of 38 consecutive innings that Cajuns' pitching had held their opponent scoreless. Louisiana posted two seven-inning shutouts against San Diego State and a 5-0 shutout of Southern Miss before claiming a five-inning shutout of Louisiana Tech in the first game of the doubleheader.

The Cajuns responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings. Lana Bowers singled to center field to start things off for UL. Kelly Cormier singled through the left side and Bowers advanced to second. Erikka Murphy doubled down the left field line, scoring Bowers. Karli Hubbard hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Cormier and knot the score at 2-2.

The two teams would fail to score in the eighth inning, but the Cajuns plated a runner in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim the win. With one out, Smith walked and then stole second. Hubbard laid down a bunt single to pitcher and advanced to second as the Louisiana Tech infield was covering first and third. With runners on second and third, Melissa Verde singled to right field to score Smith and give the Cajuns a 3-2 victory.

The Ragin' Cajuns will return to action on Thursday as they head to California to take part in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton.

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