Cajuns Softball Splits with WKU

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns softball team opened Sun Belt Conference play with a two-game split with Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers (16-6, 4-1 SBC) claimed the first game 1-0, before the Cajuns (17-6, 1-1 SBC) won game two 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at Lamson Ragin' Cajuns Softball Park.

The Cajuns collected 13 hits on the day, including 11 hits in the second game. Louisiana had four players record double-digit hits on the afternoon as Katie Smith, Karli Hubbard, Melissa Verde and Lana Bowers all had multiple hits in game two.

Smith led the way with three hits, while Bowers finished the second game of the twin bill 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.

UL received a pair of solid efforts in the circle from pitchers Ashley Brignac and Donna Bourgeois. Brignac worked game one, tossing seven innings, surrendering one unearned run on three hits, while striking out five. Bourgeois picked up her 12th win of the season, scattering nine hits in seven innings, allowing three runs and fanning five.

GAME 1 RECAP

The Ragin' Cajuns dropped the first Sun Belt Conference game of the season as they fell 1-0 to Western Kentucky in the first game of a doubleheader.

Neither team faired well offensively, combining for five hits. The Cajuns had two hits with Erikka Murphy collecting her first collegiate triple and Codi Runyan adding a base hit.

Brignac was solid in the circle. Brignac allowed just one earned run in the game, picking up her first loss of the season. She has currently worked 41.1 innings without allowing an earned run. Brignac fanned five batters, while walking just one.

The Ragin' Cajuns were plagued by errors throughout the first game. Louisiana committed a season-high five errors in the game. Errors led to the only run scored in the game and ultimately cost UL the game.

GAME 2 RECAP

The Ragin' Cajuns rebounded in the second game of the doubleheader downing Western Kentucky, 6-3, to pull even in at 1-1 in Sun Belt Conference play.

The Cajuns scored six runs on 11 hits in the second game, including a pair of extra base hits from Bowers.

Bowers finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, two RBI and a run scored. The home run was her first of the season and the 12th of her career.

Smith led all Cajuns' players with three hits and two runs scored in the nightcap. Hubbard and Verde each added a pair of base hits and an RBI apiece.

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