The start of the Gerry Glasco era in UL-Lafayette softball didn’t look much different from the past on Thursday’s opening day.
The Ragin’ Cajuns used one big inning and some power from newcomer Casidy Chaumont in rolling to a 7-1 win over Samford in their season opener and the opening game of their own Mardi Gras Classic tournament.
Chaumont, a freshman from Moss Bluff hitting in the No. 9 position in the lineup, had a leadoff home run in the bottom of the third inning to give UL-Lafayette its first lead at 2-1 and kick off a five-hit, four-run inning. One inning later, Chaumont’s RBI double gave the Cajuns a 6-1 lead and started a two-run inning.
The Cajuns’ eight-hit attack made things easy for a trio of pitchers, with freshman starter Casey Dixon (1-0) giving up two hits and striking out six in four innings of work. Freshman Carrie Boswell and senior Kylie Jo Trahan pitched shutout ball over the last three innings.
Glasco took over as UL-Lafayette coach in mid-November after the dismissal of longtime coach Michael Lotief amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse to players and athletic staffers. Glasco was a longtime assistant at three SEC schools.
UL-Lafayette faces Eastern Illinois at 4:30 p.m. and Evansville at 7 p.m. in its Friday tournament games. Play begins at 9 a.m. Friday with Illinois-Chicago meeting Samford.