GULF SHORES, Ala. — Lexie Elkins tied a school record with three home runs — the second time she’s accomplished the feat in her career — and tallied four RBIs to power the 11th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette softball team to an 8-2 win over Louisiana Tech in the final game of the Sand Dollar Classic on Sunday.
Alex Stewart scattered eight hits and allowed one earned run over seven innings as she improved to 3-0 on the season.
The Ragin’ Cajuns finished the Sand Dollar Classic at the Gulf Shores SportsPlex with a 5-0 record and extended their win streak over the Lady Techsters to 26 games dating to April, 1999.
Sunday’s performance increased Elkins’ weekend numbers to five home runs and 14 RBIs. She finished 10-for-15 (.667) and recorded three multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games.
Stewart’s outing allowed the Ragin’ Cajuns pitching staff to end the weekend with an 0.97 ERA. Stewart had five strikeouts, upping her weekend total to 16 strikeouts over 14 innings.
Elkins opened the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning off of Louisiana Tech starter Bailey Allen and increased the Cajuns’ lead to 3-0 with her second homer of the game off of Allen in the third inning.
Louisiana Tech (3-2) scratched an unearned run in the bottom half of the third after a bunt single and throwing error moved the runner to third base, allowing Tech to score on a squeeze bunt.
The Cajuns broke open a 4-1 contest in the fifth inning with three runs, capped by Aleah Craighton’s two-run double.
The lone earned run off of Stewart came in Tech’s half of the fifth inning after an infield single by Berkley Callap and double from Kassie Harris to start the inning set the stage for a run-scoring single through the left side by Anna Cross.
The Lady Techsters attempt to cut into the lead was foiled after an unsuccessful double steal was shut down by Elkins and Haley Hayden as both runners were tagged out attempting to steal.
Elkins’ third home run of the day came in the seventh inning off Tech reliever Preslee Gallaway for the game’s final run.
The Cajuns return to action next weekend for their Lamson Park season debut, hosting the 30th Annual Louisiana Classics tournament Friday through Sunday. The Ragin’ Cajuns start the event with a 2 p.m., doubleheader against No. 6 Oregon on Friday.