LAFAYETTE — Making a surprise appearance on “The Late Late Show” suited the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team fine.
The Ragin’ Cajuns made the most of their six hits in an 11-0 victory over Weber State in the NCAA tournament’s Lafayette regional Friday night.
When Cajuns pitcher Kylee Jo Trahan recorded the final out, it was nearly 1 a.m. Saturday.
“It was an awesome crowd. Our fans do what they always do,” Cajuns coach Mike Lotief said. “They love us and energize us.”
Back-to-back homers energized the Cajuns in the bottom of the second inning when Haley Hayden provided a two-out boost by launching a two-run homer to left to put UL-Lafayette on top 3-0. Shellie Landry followed with a solo shot.
Hayden’s homer came a pitch after she sent a liner over the fence that was ruled foul.
“Hayley had been messing with me for the last two weeks,” Lotief said. “I thought the first one was a home run, and I guess she missed it by a foot. For her to do it on the next swing, that was just like crazy fun.”
The Cajuns had another memorable moment when Lexie Elkins notched her 30th homer later in the contest.
“That’s a big number in this program,” Lotief said. “You join some elite status there.”
With the Cajuns gradually increasing their lead, pitcher Christina Hamilton had some room to work. She held the Wildcats hitless over four innings before Alex Stewart relieved her.
“Late games are fun,” Hamilton said. “Who doesn’t love a late game?”
Lotief loved the energy in Lamson Park, but he also knew Baylor would be waiting for the Cajuns at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the winner’s bracket game.
“Now the challenge is, are we going to be disciplined enough to do what we need to do to get ready for tomorrow?” Lotief said. “You’ve got about five minutes to enjoy this and get in bed, get your mind right and get ready for an opponent that is very worthy and very capable.”
Weber State (38-18) picked up its first hit in the fifth inning when Krystin Kubo smashed a ball down the left-field line for a double.
“It’s great to be here, but it’s not just about being here,” Weber State pitcher MaCauley Flint said. “We want to get that bad taste out of our mouths, and we have work to do tomorrow.”