LAFAYETTE — It started out like a routine Louisiana-Lafayette softball game.
The Ragin’ Cajuns were coasting, up three runs, against Troy in the sixth inning with Jordan Wallace pitching a one-hitter Saturday.
Then, it unraveled.
Troy got five runs in the sixth on just one hit to put the Trojans up by two. They added two in the seventh for a 9-5 win.
“We gave the game away,” coach Michael Lotief said. “And that’s about the first one we have given away. We’re human beings. You never want to give a game away, but when you play 60 of them, in your mind, you figure you’ll give about eight away. That’s one. Not too bad for this team.”
Wallace picked up her second loss of the season after five innings and six earned runs. Lotief said the grind of the season isn’t wearing on her arm and, at this point; she is conditioned for the grind.
“She had thrown in intersquad middle of the week.” Lotief said. “Her arm is conditioned now to be able to get through Saturday game one and then get through a game three. She just lost it.”
In the nightcap, the Cajuns earned a split via a complete game from Christina Hamilton. Shellie Landry and Lexie Elkins each hit home runs in the 6-3 win.
“This team has guts,” Lotief said. “They’re not perfect, but they’re fighters. You have to give them that.”
Heavy rainfall began in the second inning, forcing the game into a rain delay of 1 hour, 35 minutes. Lotief said he was happy with the way the team responded after the delay and said he never worried about Hamilton coming back out after the delay.
“Christina isn’t a power pitcher,” Lotief said. “Stopping and going is an issue for her. I don’t want to make light of it. It’s not as much of an issue as it would be for a power pitcher.”
Lotief said he knew Troy was a good team and their pitching gives the Cajuns fits. As far as the Game 3 starter Sunday, Lotief said he didn’t know who would get the ball in the circle.
Regardless of who gets it, Lotief said she will be ready.
“Troy doesn’t go away,” he said. “They’re competitive at the plate. They’re not going away, but we aren’t, either. The game is going to be in the balance. We just have to be ready for it.”