GULF SHORES, Ala. — UL-Lafayette’s second day of competition at the Sand Dollar Classic was highlighted by program and individual milestones.
The No. 11 Ragin’ Cajuns opened Saturday’s action with an 8-0 five-inning win over Southeast Missouri, which marked the program’s 1,500th all-time victory. In the nightcap, sophomore pitcher Kylee Jo Trahan hurled the first seven-inning shutout of her collegiate career in a 1-0 win over Samford.
In the first game, UL-Lafayette scoring three of its eight runs off an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball. The top three hitters in the lineup — Haley Hayden (3-for-3), Shellie Landry (3-for-4) and Lexie Elkins (1-for-2) — went a combined 7-for-9 with three RBIs. Elkins broke open a 1-0 contest in the second inning with a two-out, two-run single up the middle.
Alex Stewart struck out seven in three innings and Macey Smith pitched two shutout innings as the duo combined for a one-hit shutout of Southeast Missouri.
Trahan held Samford to one hit while striking out eight, and Hayden broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when she singled home Kassidy Zeringue, who had moved into scoring position after reaching base on a two-out error.
The shutouts extended the Ragin’ Cajuns’ string of consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 18. The staff limited SEMO and Samford to a combined two base hits over 12 innings Saturday.
The wins moved UL-Lafayette to 4-0 on the season and in the Sand Dollar Classic. The team completes tournament play in Gulf Shores at noon Sunday against Louisiana Tech.