Cajuns finish sweep in rout
Cherry hits inside-the-park home run
LAFAYETTE, La. -- On Senior Day at Lamson Park, the Cajuns lone senior, Gabriele Bridges, made it a special day in a 10-0 win to clinch a series sweep of Western Kentucky.
Bridges went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to pace a potent Louisiana offense. Taryn Broussard chipped in by going 2-for-2 with four RBIs. The win moves the 23rd-ranked Cajuns (42-9, 16-5) to 26-1 at Lamson Park in 2011 and keeps them atop the Sun Belt Conference standings with three-games left in the regular season.
Ashley Brignac (25-5) pitched the first four innings to pick up the win, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out four. Shelbee Rodgers pitched a perfect fifth inning for the Cajuns to close out the game.
The sweep of the Lady Toppers (26-25, 7-14) marks the fourth Sun Belt sweep of the season for the Cajuns.
A day after Mallorie Sulaski (11-9) held the Cajuns to three runs in seven innings, the Cajuns wasted no time matching that number, plating three in the first inning.
Christi Orgeron started things off with a one-out single and moved to third on a Bridges single. Paige Cormier then delivered an RBI-double to plate Orgeron and put two in scoring position with one out. Sarah Draheim's RBI groundout would plate Bridges and an RBI single by Taryn Broussard would score Cormier to give the Cajuns the early 3-0 lead.
UL would strike for two more in the second inning, beginning with a lead-off walk to Katie Smith and a single by Nerissa Myers. Bridges would drive in both runs with a double to give UL a 5-0 lead.
The two runs chased Sulaski, who would take the loss, after 1.1 innings and five runs on seven hits. Brittanie Albright came in for relief, but she did not fare much better.
The Cajuns would tack on their final five runs in the last four innings. Bridges led off with her second double of the game. She would advance to third on a wild pitch just before Cormier was walked. Pinch runner Megan Waterman would score on a fielding error that allowed Draheim to reach first.
In the fourth, the Cajuns put the game out of reach with back-to-back home runs.
Broussard would blast a three-run homer over the right field fence to extend the Cajuns lead to 9-0. Broussard's sixth home run of the season was her first since returning from injury.
Then, Brianna Cherry would fly a ball down the right field line that missed the outstretched glove of Shelby Taylor and rolled to the corner. The speedy Cherry turned on the burners and ran her way to an inside-the-park home run. The homer was Cherry's third of the season.