Cajuns Fall to Nebraska 2-0

The Ragin'Cajun softball team suffered a 2-0 loss to Nebraska during the opening day of play at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton,Calif.

Donna Bourgeois (11-2) took the loss for the Cajuns. The Lafayette(Teurlings High) native held Nebraska to just three hits, but fell victim to a pair of Louisiana errors. Bourgeois allowed just one earned run and struck out seven batters on the night without issuing a walk.

Offensively, the Cajuns (13-3) collected six hits compared to just three by Nebraska (13-4). Karli Hubbard led all Cajuns with a pair of hits in the game. She finished the game as the only UL player with multiple hits in the game. Vallie Gaspard, Katie Smith and Melissa Verde each collected hits on the night.

The Cornhuskers broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning. A line drive single put a runner on base for Nebraska and a pitch in the dirt moved the runner into scoring position. A two-out single to left field was enough to plate the runner and give the designated visiting team a 1-0 edge.

Nebraska added an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to increase their lead to 2-0. With one out, Bourgeois fanned the next batter but the pitch was wild and allowed the runner to reach base safely. An error by the Cajuns left the Huskers with runners on the corners with one out. A ground out plated the runner, and a second ground ball ended the inning.

The Cajuns loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning. Lana Bowers walked to start things off and hits by Gaspard and Smith loaded the bases with just one out. Hubbard stepped to the plate and lined a shot to third base. The Husker third base man caught the line drive and was able to double up the runner on third base.

Two costly errors hurt the Cajuns and not being able to get timely hits with runners in scoring position.

The Cajuns will face two very good opponets today in Michigan at 1:00 PM and Fresno State at 7:30 PM tonight.

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