BOONE, N.C. — Lexie Elkins went a combined 8-for-10 at the plate with five home runs and 13 RBIs, and the No. 9-ranked UL-Lafayette softball team belted 13 home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Appalachian State on Saturday.
In the opener, Elkins went 4-for-5 with three home runs and six RBIs, while Samantha Walsh homered twice in a 21-5 victory in five innings. In the second game, Elkins went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs and seven RBIs in a 23-6 win.
UL-Lafayette (34-5, 17-3 Sun Belt) scored in eight of the 10 innings in Saturday’s doubleheader against Appalachian State (12-28, 1-19), including a combined 25 runs in the fifth innings. The Ragin’ Cajuns built a 21-2 lead in the opener after scoring 11 runs in the fifth inning, then erupted for 14 runs in the fifth inning of the night cap.
The series is scheduled to conclude at 11 a.m. Sunday.
UL-LAFAYETTE 21, APPALACHIAN STATE 5 (5 INNINGS): UL-Lafayette scored a run in the second inning on a solo homer by Walsh. The Cajuns then scored seven runs and sent 11 batters to the plate in the third.
Elkins and Kelsey Vincent added solo homers in the fourth inning before the Ragin’ Cajuns sent 16 batters to the plate in the fifth, including back-to-back home runs by Shellie Landry and Elkins.
UL-Lafayette scored 11 runs on seven hits in the fifth inning alone. Landry belted a three-run homer down the left-field line off ASU reliever Katherine Johnson, and Elkins followed with a solo blast to center. Sanders, Craighton and pinch-hitter Sara Corbello each added RBIs on three straight bases-loaded walks off Alissa Schoelkopf, and Haley Hayden cleared the bases with a triple to left.
Jordan Wallace (14-2) earned the win after scattering three hits and striking out five in three innings. Christina Hamilton pitched a scoreless inning before Kylee Jo Trahan closed out the game, allowing a pair of hits and striking out two.
UL-LAFAYETTE 23, APPALACHIAN STATE 6 (5 INNINGS): UL-Lafayette sent 20 players to the plate and belted four home runs in the fifth inning and put the game away after Appalachian State scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to 9-6.
Elkins, who hit 24 home runs last season, homered twice in the inning to increase her season total to 25, beginning with a three-run blast to drive in Hayden and Landry, before her two-run shot cleared the left-field fence.
Vincent added a solo blast two batters later, and Hayden later belted a three-run homer.
Alex Stewart earned the win, allowing seven hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Wallace closed out the fourth inning for the Ragin’ Cajuns before Hamilton pitched the fifth with three strikeouts.
Martinez went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a pair of runs. Hayden finished 3-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Landry added three hits and scored twice for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Walsh and Sanders each went 2-for-3 and Vincent 2-for-4.