Cajun Softball Shuts Out New Mexico 9-0

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns softball ended the Judy Garman Classic with a 9-0 mercy-rule victory over New Mexico Sunday afternoon in Fullerton, Calif.

The Cajuns compiled 14 hits on the afternoon including four extra base hits.

Louisiana had five players collect multiple hits on the day. Karli Hubbard, Christi Orgeron, Codi Runyan, Katie Smith and Melissa Verde all collected a pair of hits apiece.

Runyan had a solo home run, while Lana Bowers, Orgeron and Verde each had doubles on the afternoon.

Runyan led all Cajuns with three RBI on the day, while Verde and Bowers each added a pair of runs batted in each. Hubbard and Smith paced UL with two runs scored each.

In the circle, Ashley Brignac was once again dominant. The sophomore pitched the complete game surrendering just four hits. She struck out seven batters, while walking just a pair.

The Cajuns opened the game up in the third inning with six runs on seven hits, including a home run. Runyan homered off of the left field foul pole to get things rolling for the Cajuns. Gabriele Bridges walked and Orgeron doubled to left field. Bowers followed with a doubled to left field of her own to score Bridges and Orgeron. Bowers advanced to third on a wild pitch and came around to score on an Erikka Murphy single to left center. Smith walked and Hubbard singled through the right side of the infield to give UL runners at the corners. A Verde single scored Smith from third and a wild pitch moved Hubbard and Verde both into scoring position. Runyan walked to load the bases and Bridges singled to give the Cajuns a 7-0 advantage after two and a half innings of play.

Louisiana added a pair of runs in the fifth inning to increase their lead to 9-0. Brignac retired the Lobos in the bottom half of the inning to give the Cajuns the run-rule victory.

The Ragin' Cajuns return to action on Tuesday, Mar. 17 as they return to Lafayette for a single game with Tulsa at Alfred and Helen Lamson Ragin' Cajuns Softball Park.

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