LAFAYETTE — There was no letdown for Summer Ellyson.
After a Sunday win over second-ranked Florida, UL-Lafayette’s sophomore right-hander responded with a no-hit effort Thursday as the Ragin’ Cajuns blanked Southeastern Louisiana 4-0 in the opening game of the 32nd annual Louisiana Classics Tournament at Lamson Park.
Ellyson (4-0) faced only one over the minimum number following her 11-inning, 185-pitch effort in the Cajuns’ 4-3 win over the Gators. She walked SLU leadoff hitter Jaquelyn Ramon, who was promptly called out for leaving first base too early, and the Lions’ only other baserunner was Kinsey Nichols’ one-out walk in the seventh.
“I didn’t even know I had a no-hitter,” said Ellyson, whose outings this year also include a school-record 20-strikeout performance against Evansville two weeks ago. “I was just locked in. I could gave gone out there and thrown a lot more. I was just trusting my teammates to make plays.”
Making plays was the downfall for the Lions (7-3), who were coming off a narrow 3-2 extra-inning loss at Mississippi State on Tuesday. SLU committed four errors, three of them in the first three innings, and two of those errors contributed to Cajuns runs in the third and fifth innings.
“Our defense has either been really good or really shaky,” Cajuns coach Gerry Glasco said, “but I’m glad to see them finally starting to settle down. The kids love playing behind Summer because she’s not going to walk people. I really like writing her name on the lineup card right now.”
The 15th-ranked Cajuns (8-2) scored two in the third inning off SLU starter Lacey Hill (3-1) when Kara Gremillion walked, Alissa Dalton singled and Casidy Chaumont’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away to allow Gremillion to score. Dalton scored moments later on Kourtney Gremillion’s ground ball for a 2-0 lead.
Dalton singled and eventually scored on a throwing error in the fifth, and Aeriyl Mass tripled to lead off the sixth inning and scored on Caitlyn Garcia’s one-out ground ball.
“We didn’t get a lot of hits,” said Glasco, whose squad faces North Florida at 5 p.m. Friday in its second game of the five-team tournament. “But we were still manufacturing runs and keeping pressure on the defense.”
Ellyson also put on the pressure, striking out five and retiring 18 straight Lions hitters at one point in posting UL-Lafayette’s first no-hitter since Alex Stewart no-hit McNeese State in the May's Baton Rouge regional.