HATTIESBURG, Miss. — A four-run sixth inning lifted the No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette softball team to a 6-2 win over Southern Miss on Sunday at the USM Softball Complex, completing a three-game series sweep of the Golden Eagles and extending the team’s win streak to 11 games.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (17-1) broke a 2-all tie that carried over into the sixth inning when DJ Sanders beat the throw home on a bases-loaded, fielder’s choice grounder from Kelli Martinez.
Haley Hayden followed with a two-run single to stretch the lead to 5-2. The Cajuns added a run when Martinez scored on a throwing error on the relay throw to first on a ground ball hit by Shellie Landry.
Kylee Jo Trahan (6-1, 1.91 ERA) protected the lead during the Golden Eagles’ final two at-bats, retiring the final six hitters after Bailey Stokes led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single.
Hayden and Sanders, who helped the Cajuns erase a 1-0 deficit with a two-run home run, each had two RBIs.
Trahan, who replaced Cajuns starter Alex Stewart in the fourth inning, scattered three hits over four innings to earn her second win of the series. Her lone blemish was a solo home run by USM starting pitcher Samantha Robles leading off the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2.
The win capped a 3-0 weekend sweep in Hattiesburg.
The Ragin’ Cajuns return to Lamson Park next week for a single game with Longwood on Wednesday at 6 p m, followed by the Sun Belt Conference-opening series with South Alabama on Saturday and Sunday.
Robles retired the Ragin’ Cajuns in order each of the first two innings. Landry had a pair of defensive plays in the first inning, and Stewart retired three straight after the first two USM batters reached in the second inning to the contest scoreless after two inning.
In the third, Kassidy Zeringue reached on an error in a pinch-hit situation and Kara Gremillion was hit by a Robles pitch, but Robles escaped the two-on, no-out jam by retiring the next three Cajuns.
USM scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI single by Sarah Evans. Before the at-bat, Stewart appeared to strand two more runners after Hayden fielded a pop up in shallow center field and connected with Gremillion for a force out at third base for the second out.
The Ragin’ Cajuns responded in the fourth when Sanders launched her two-run home run for a 2-1 lead. It was her fourth home run of the series.
Robles led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run off Trahan, who was starting her first inning in relief of Stewart.