LAFAYETTE — When Kelsey Vincent stepped up in the sixth inning with the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team trailing by two runs to Texas State, she said she definitely wasn’t thinking home run.
“When I think home run, that usually doesn’t work out for me,” Vincent said Saturday. “I just wanted to be smart and hit one up the middle. I think it was a ball that I hit, and I went for it.”
Vincent crushed a two-run homer to tie the score at 2. Aleah Craighton then hit a go-ahead solo home run, and Sara Corbello had her own two-run shot to give the Cajuns a 5-2 win and their 25th consecutive Sun Belt Conference series win in the second game of the day’s doubleheader at Lamson Park.
“It seemed like being behind energized them,” coach Michael Lotief said. “They got behind, but they weren’t down and I think they got more focused. We didn’t play the greatest softball, but they know how to compete and they fight together.”
Vincent, who hit a grand slam Tuesday against Baylor to give the Cajuns a 4-3 win, said those pressure at-bats are not as pressure-filled as they may seem.
“I just try to trust myself more and not put added pressure on myself,” Vincent said. “Most pressure situations come from putting the pressure on yourself. I just try to be more free and go with it.”
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Cajuns got 11 strikeouts in a complete game from Alex Stewart to beat Texas State 7-0.
Haley Hayden, Shellie Landry and D.J. Sanders and Corbello homered in the first game.
Senior catcher Lexie Elkins missed both games with a thumb injury, but Lotief said the team never missed a beat and he was impressed by the resolve they played with.
“These kids stay resolved, and we have new kids with new positions and new roles,” he said. “I know a lot of people don’t think that matters, but it does and it’s impressive to see those kids come through.”
The 25 consecutive Sun Belt series wins were not something Lotief was aware of, eh said. He said the streak may make it seem like an easy accomplishment, but it’s far from that.
“Seems like every one of these Sun Belt series I have been in, I’ve gotten older,” Lotief said. “They’ve all been wars. It’s going to seem like it’s easy, but it’s always a struggle.
“I am more proud of how consistently these kids show up and their attitudes and work ethic than I am about any outcome. If they were winning and not doing it the right way, I wouldn’t be impressed. And if we lose next week but we keep this same attitude, it wouldn’t matter to me.”