May 21, 2010

BATON ROUGE, La. - Gabriele Bridges posted her third-straight multi-RBI game and Brittany Cuevas picked up her eighth shutout as Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns defeated No. 18 Texas A&M, 5-0, at the 2010 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional on Friday.

Bridges finished the day, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI.

For Cuevas, it was her 21st win overall. Over 7.0 innings, the senior hurler struck out eight, surrendered five hits and walked just one. She is now 9-1 in her last 12 starts.

The Cajuns are now 43-16 and A&M falls to 43-15.

Bridges got things going in the first inning. Melissa Verde tallied UL's first hit with a single to centerfield. With two outs, Bridges smashed her 16th home run of the season putting the Cajuns out in front, 2-0.

After a walk and a hit, a misplayed ground ball allowed the Aggies to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first. But Cuevas caught Melissa Dumezich looking for her second strikeout in the inning to get out of the jam.

Both teams settled down over the next two innings with each side being retired in order.

The Aggies threatened to cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth. A hit and a sacrifice bunt moved Rhiannon Kliesing into scoring position. Alex Reynolds then singled to right field and Kliesing rounded for home. But a perfect throw from Christi Orgeron to Lana Bowers at the plate thwarted the Aggies.

In the fifth inning, UL took advantage of two A&M errors and tacked on an unearned run. With one out, an errant throw allowed Britni Soria to take second. She was replaced by pinch runner, Courtney Trahan. After a pop-out, Erikka Murphy took advantage of another Aggies' error and Trahan was able to score from second. A wild pitch moved Murphy over to third and Vallie Gaspard was able to draw a walk, putting Cajuns on the corners. Gaspard stole second but a fly out stranded both runners at the end of the inning with the Cajuns leading, 3-0.

The runs kept coming for the Cajuns in the top of the sixth frame. Orgeron led off with a single to centerfield. Jensen Tydelski replaced her at first and she scored after Bridges ripped an RBI-double to left field.

UL added some insurance in the seventh with Murphy scoring from third on a fielder's choice from Verde.

The Cajuns had five hits on the afternoon with Verde, Orgeron and Murphy having one each. Bridges led all Cajuns with two hits.

The Cajuns will now face the winner of the LSU-McNeese State matchup tomorrow at Noon CT. The game can be heard locally in Lafayette on ESPN 1420 AM. Steve Peloquin will be on the call.