ARLINGTON, Texas — Corin Voinché went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, and Christina Hamilton threw six shutout innings, as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette defeated UT-Arlington 8-0 to clinch its 11th Sun Belt Conference regular season championship on Sunday at Allan Saxe Field.
The Cajuns improved to 38-7-1 overall and 16-1 in Sun Belt play and have clinched the top seed for the conference tournament. The Cajuns have a bye into the third round of play on Thursday, May 8.
“With this group, every year we talk about playing every game, and we have three more games to play,” UL-Lafayette coach Michael Lotief said. “After that is when you look up at the standings. This team is deserving of a conference championship, they have worked hard, played hard, and overcome adversity. They fight for each other and they deserve this, but we have to finish.”
Lexie Elkins got the game started early, hitting her 16th home run of the season and third this week, driving in Haley Hayden to make it 2-0 in the top of the first inning.
That gave Christina Hamilton a big enough lead to win her 21st game of the season, holding the Mavericks to three hits over six innings with no walks, while striking out four. Victoria Brown tossed the final inning, walking a batter but getting a double play to finish the game and preserve the shutout.
The Cajuns went scoreless in the second inning before Shellie Landry’s solo home run in the third to extend the Cajuns’ lead to 3-0 after three innings. It was Landry’s third home run of the season and gave her 30 RBIs on the season — the fourth Cajun this season with 30 or more RBIs.
In the fourth, Gabby Felps had a leadoff triple,. Two batters later, Voinché made it 4-0 with an RBI double to deep center field, scoring Felps.
Hayden singled with two outs to drive in Voinché to make it 5-0.
Samantha Walsh picked up an RBI in the sixth inning to make it 6-0 with a bases-loaded walk, before Voinché picked up her second RBI of the day, driving in Kendall Smith in the seventh. Voinché later scored on an error for an 8-0 lead.
Elkins also had a two-hit and two-RBI game, hitting her homer in the first and adding a single in the fifth.