SAN MARCOS, Texas — UL-Lafayette produced a school-record seven home runs and Alex Stewart settled down Texas State’s hitters to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 15-2 five-inning win in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, salvaging a split on a wild afternoon.
In the first game, Texas State hammered four home runs and outlasted the Cajuns 14-13.
The Cajuns (26-5, 11-3 Sun Belt) — who also had 12 hits in the opener, including four home runs — kept producing in the second game. Stewart held the Bobcats (21-14, 6-4 Sun Belt) to two runs off two hits in her three innings, and Kylee Jo Trahan closed the game with two scoreless innings.
Lexie Elkins was one of four Cajuns who hit multiple home runs in the doubleheader. She ended the day 5-for-8 with four home runs and seven RBIs. She homered twice in each game, picking up her fourth and fifth multi-homer games of the season.
Aleah Craighton, Shellie Landry, Kelsey Vincent and Elkins all hit multiple homers in the doubleheader.
UL-Lafayette and Texas State conclude their series at noon Sunday.
With South Alabama’s sweep of Georgia State, the Ragin’ Cajuns remain in first place in the Sun Belt standings ahead of ULM by eight percentage points.
UL-Lafayette finished Saturday’s doubleheader with 11 home runs. The Cajuns’ seven home runs the second game surpassed the previous record of six, which happened five times before, most recently on March 13 against UT-Arlington.
In the first game, Elkins’ second home run brought the Cajuns into an 8-8 tie in the top of the sixth inning, completing a rally after UL-Lafayette fell behind 6-2 in the bottom of the second.
The Bobcats answered in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run from Kortney Koroll and a pinch-hit grand slam by Katie Doerre off of Christina Hamilton to open a 14-8 advantage.
The Cajuns made a final push in the top of the seventh inning. Landry launched a grand slam to right-center that cut the deficit to 14-13. Elkins was hit by a pitch to extend the inning, but Randi Rupp induced a flyout from Samantha Walsh to end the game.
In the second game, UL-Lafayette grabbed the early lead on a two-run home run by Elkins in the first inning.
The Cajuns scored in each of the first four innings in building an insurmountable lead.
Stewart took control in the circle early. She retired the Bobcats in order in each of the first two innings, striking out the side in the bottom of the second inning.
The Cajuns continued to use the home run ball to add to the lead beginning with a towering two-run homer in the second inning by Craighton that upped the lead to 4-0.
Home runs by Landry (solo), Vincent (three-run), Craighton (solo) and Hayden (two-run) generated seven runs in the third inning and extended the lead to 11-0.
UL-Lafayette arrived in San Marcos, Texas, on Friday without head coach Michael Lotief, who remained in Lafayette to attend to a personal medical matter, according to a university news release.
The school did not give any more details.