LAFAYETTE — He felt like the offense was about to get going.
But Louisiana-Lafayette softball associate head coach T.J. Hubbard didn’t expect it all to happen in one inning.
After they were shut out for the first three innings of the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Baylor, the floodgates opened for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the fourth inning. Trailing by two runs, the Cajuns had your run-of-the-mill 12-run inning on eight hits.
Senior Leandra Maly had a two-run single, and Kelsey Vincent had a three-run homer to put the Cajuns up 12-2. They went on to win by that same margin in five innings, giving the Cajuns a Saturday sweep after their earlier 3-1 victory.
“You get momentum, and you can’t be stopped,” Maly said. “It’s like a hit parade. No one is going up there thinking they’re going to get the big hit. We just want to pass the bat to the next person.”
Hubbard called it “the most explosive inning” he had ever seen. To that point, Baylor pitcher Kendall Potts had given up just two hits. The Cajuns’ Samantha Walsh started the inning with a single, and the onslaught ensued.
“(Potts) had been giving us fits,” Hubbard said. “Sam came in and hit the first pitch she saw, and that broke it open. We got great performances all around.”
Christina Hamilton started the game but didn’t have her best stuff; she gave up a two-run homer in the third to Shelby Friudenberg. Alex Stewart came in and pitched the final two innings to close it out.
“Christina didn’t have a bad start,” Hubbard said. “She just didn’t have her best stuff. She was competing, though, and then Alex came in to close it out. Alex did a great job.”
In the first game, Lexie Elkins hit her 20th home run, a two-run blast in the first to put the Cajuns up 2-0. Jordan Wallace was back to her early-season form, pitching a complete game and striking out seven.
“Jordan’s last two outings have been the Jordan we are used to seeing,” Hubbard said. “She had the mentality and a locked-in mindset today. She attacked them and didn’t waste many pitches. She was solid from start to finish.”
From the second inning of the first game until the fourth inning of the second, Baylor held the Cajuns to two hits. Hubbard gave all the credit to his hitters for the 12-run inning after they struggled much of the game.
“Our hitters are very good at what they do, and their skill sets are very high,” he said. “If you give them a time or two through the lineup to see what the pitcher is doing, they make quality adjustments within the at-bat and each inning.
“I knew it was about to happen, but I didn’t know it was going to happen all in one inning.”