CLEARWATER, Fla. — No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette finished the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record at the NFCA Leadoff Classic after a 6-1 victory against Winthrop on Sunday afternoon at E.C. Moore Softball Complex. DePaul also went 5-0 on the weekend and was named the Classic champion on the basis of a tiebreaker.
Jordan Wallace started the game in the circle for UL (12-0), hurling 3.0 innings while giving up one run. Ashley Brignac (6-0) came in to relieve Wallace in the fourth inning before tossing 4.0 innings of shutout ball to earn the win.
Paige Cormier was 2 for 2 on the day and drove in one run. Katie Smith and Erikka Murphy each drove in a run apiece.
After striking out the first batter of the game, Wallace got herself into a jam by walking the next two batters, bringing up the cleanup hitter with one out. Winthrop’s Chelsey Schoenfeldt ripped a single to right field, bringing in a run as the visitors went ahead 1-0. Wallace threw a wild pitch to the next batter, advancing the runners to second and third but was able to strike out Melanie Andrea and induce Alex White into a flyout to prevent any further damage.
Louisiana threatened in the bottom half of the first when Christi Orgeron doubled and Brianna Cherry drew a walk with two outs, but were unable to produce anything as Matte Haack popped out to first to end the frame.
The Eagles put two runners on in the second, but Wallace denied their scoring bid striking out McKenzi Corn to end the threat.
Cormier led off the bottom of the second with a single and was followed by Sarah Draheim also singled and advance to second on a throwing error by the right fielder. Two batters later, Erikka Murphy was credited with an RBI groundout that scored Cormier, tying the score 1-1.
Brignac came in to relieve Wallace in the top of the fourth and wiggled her way out of a two out jam by forcing a foul out by Winthrop leadoff hitter, Megan Chapman, stranding runners at first and second.
The Cajuns loaded the bases in the bottom part of the fourth for Smith with one out. The senior singled up the middle bringing in Cormier and Fernandez scoring as well on a fielder error by the center fielder, giving UL its first lead of the ballgame at 3-1.
In the fifth, the Eagles produced back-to-back singles to bring Schoenfeldt to the plate with no one out. Schoenfeldt ripped a line drive that was caught by Cormier and the senior flipped the ball to Nerissa Myers at second to double-off the runner. Brignac struck out the five hole hitter to end the top half.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Haack doubled to left center putting her in scoring position. Cormier came to the plate next and singled to right field as Haack crossed home plate making the score 4-1.
The Ragin’ Cajuns successfully completed a double steal in the bottom of the sixth with Orgeron on first and Myers on third to give them an insurance run. Orgeron later scored on a wild pitch to up the Louisiana lead to 6-1.
Earlier on the weekend, the Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Mississippi State, Hofstra, Boston U. and No. 12 Michigan.