LAFAYETTE —The University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball team used four runs in the first and six runs in the second to run away with the first game of the 27th Annual Louisiana Classics, winning 13-2 over Mississippi Valley State.
The Cajuns scored four runs before recording their first hit, which didn’t come until the second inning.
Senior Brianna Cherry got the first hit for the Cajuns, a solo home run to jump-start a six-run second inning. The home run was the first of the season for Cherry and the 11th of the career.
She finished the day with two RBIs.
Nerissa Myers scored twice for the fourth time this season and has scored nine runs in five games this season.
ULL took advantage of shaky pitching, taking first base 14 times on either walks or being hit by the pitch, and advanced runners three times thanks to an illegal pitch.
Myers, Cherry, Landry and Corbello each had two RBIs for the Cajuns. Myers was the only Cajun with multiple hits, spreading the 10 hits out including Meagan Thomas and Kelsey Vincent’s first career hit, along with Megan Waterman.
Sophomore Christina Hamilton got the start for the Cajuns, followed by Victoria Brown and Kristin Martinez. Hamilton tossed two shutout innings,while allowing one hit and a walk and striking out one.Brown tossed the next two innings, allowing two unearned runs on one hit and a walk. Martinez struck out the side in the fifth to close out the game.
The Cajuns return to action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Texas State in game two of the Classic. The Cajuns face Mississippi Valley State at 3:30 p.m., before taking Texas State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the finale of the tournament.