HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Powered by 11 home runs the No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette softball team swept a doubleheader from Southern Miss by 17-1 and 13-0 counts on Saturday at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.
The sweep extended the Ragin’ Cajuns win streak to 10 games. Both games were halted by the run rule in the fifth inning, the ninth and 10th run rule wins for the Cajuns (16-1) this season.
Lexie Elkins and DJ Sanders both finished the doubleheader 4-for-6 with three home runs and five RBIs after homering in both games. Haley Hayden and Aleah Craighton also homered in both games.
Elkins increased her nation-leading season home run total to 14 and upped her career total to 70, which places her in a tie with Christi Orgeron for third place in school history and leaves her two shy of leaping past Holly Tankersley (71 from 2004, 2006-08) for second place.
The Cajuns tied a season-high with five home runs in the opener, then bested the tally with six in the second game. The squad hit multiple home runs for the ninth and 10th time through 17 games this season.
The teams wrap up the three-game series with a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday.
UL-LAFAYETTE 17, SOUTHERN MISS 1: The Ragin’ Cajuns stormed out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1 on the strength of three home runs. Craighton opened the scoring with a grand slam — the first four of her doubleheader-high six RBIs. Sanders followed with a solo home run and Hayden later topped off the scoring with a three-run home run.
Alex Stewart (8-0, 1.91 ERA) retired all six Golden Eagles batters that she faced in her two innings in the circle.
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 13, SOUTHERN MISS 0: The Ragin’ Cajuns scored five runs in the top of the second inning off a double steal, Hayden RBI single and home runs by Shellie Landry (two-run) and Elkins (solo).
Kylee Jo Trahan (5-1, 1.93 ERA) settled in by retiring the Golden Eagles in order in the second inning and facing just one over the minimum over the final three innings. She scattered four hits and struck out six while facing four over the minimum in five innings.