The Cajuns (17-7, 1-2 SBC) kept WKU (17-6, 5-1 SBC) off the scoreboard for eight innings but crucial errors down the stretch proved to be the difference in the ballgame.
In the ninth inning, a throwing error by UL with one out gave the Toppers their first base runner of the inning. A walk moved the runner into scoring position and a fly ball moved the runner to third base with two outs. A second error of the inning allowed the run to score, putting the Cajuns behind 1-0. The lone run would prove to be the difference in the game.
Offensively, Louisiana out-hit the Toppers, 9-3, but UL stranded nine batters on base including four runners in scoring position. The Cajuns left runners on base in five of the nine innings and two UL players were thrown out trying to steal.
The Ragin' Cajuns hit the ball extremely well but were hampered by excellent WKU defense. The Cajuns drove the ball to the outfield 16 times on the afternoon with nothing to show for it, as Western Kentucky recorded 16 fly-ball outs, including a diving catch and several grabs at the wall.
Katie Smith and Melissa Verde both finished the game with two hits apiece. Smith went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, while Verde went 2-for-2 with an intentional walk and a hit by pitch.
In the circle, Ashley Brignac threw the complete 9.0 innings of work for her longest outing of the season. She allowed only one run, which was unearned, extending her streak of consecutive innings without an earned run to 50.1 innings. Brignac recorded eight strikeouts in the game, while surrendering just a pair of walks.
The Ragin' Cajuns will play a midweek game on Thursday night in Lake Charles, La. as they take on McNeese State in a single game set for 5:00 p.m.
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