April 10, 2013
LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana-Lafayette used eight home runs over two games to complete a doubleheader sweep over Southern Miss on Wednesday from Lamson Park in Lafayette, La.
The games were the second and third games of a nine-game road swing for the Golden Eagles.
Louisiana-Lafayette belted six home runs, including an NCAA-tying five in the fourth inning, to pull away to an 18-2 victory in game one. Jenifer Gary broke the shutout and no-hit bid in the fifth with a two-run homer, her third of the season.
In game two, the Cajuns scored four runs in both the first and fourth innings to build a 10-0 lead and kept Southern Miss off the board to complete the doubleheader sweep.
Southern Miss will take the weekend off as part of their Conference USA bye weekend before returning to action next Tuesday, April 16, when they travel to nationally-ranked and reigning national champion Alabama.
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The Cajuns got on the board in the first for the 26th time this season, taking a 2-0 lead on Mattie Haack's double to left center, driving in Nerissa Myers and Brianna Cherry after a walk and single. Shelly Landry made it a 4-0 game one batter later with a liner straight over the center field wall.
After the home run, freshman Emily Wood came on in relief of starting fellow freshman Kaitlin Wilson and got an immediate fly ball for the second out. Two singles later, Wood generated a ground ball to end the inning without further damage.
Louisiana added four more runs on three hits in the third to take an 8-0 lead before Landry's second roundtripper of the game made it 9-0 to start the fourth. Kelsey Vincent smacked the third homer of the game and second of the inning two batters later to push the lead to 12-0.
After loading the bases, the Cajuns grounded into a double play in the fourth but made it 13-0 but Shelby Redfearn's pinch-hit homer made it 15-0. Then, Landry hit her third homer of the game, the second of the inning, to make it 16-0. Another homer in the inning made it 18-0.
Southern Miss found some life in the fifth inning as freshman Jenifer Gary belted a home run of her own, her third of the season, a two-run shot to left center to make it 18-2.
But, the Golden Eagles were unable to plate anything else the rest of the way. Wilson (4-11) suffered the decision after a third of an inning of work.
The Cajuns' seventh homer of the day - and first of the second game - put them up 3-0 as Mattie Haack hit a one-out roundtripper in the first inning.
After getting Louisiana to go down in order in the second, Southern Miss surrendered another home run in the third, a two-run shot by Samantha Walsh that just snuck over the right field fence to make it 6-0.
Southern Miss had their best offensive showing in the top of the fourth as LaPointe got her second hit of the game and Mackenzie Sher got a single down the line two batters later, but it was all Cajuns after that as Myers got a two-run double in the fourth to make it 8-0.
Louisiana added two more runs the rest of the way and held Southern Miss off in the fifth to pick up their second win of the day.
Beth Dietrich (1-11) took the loss after giving up 10 runs on 10 hits while Victoria Brown (7-1) earned the win.