No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette pulls of sweep of No. 14 Baylor in doubleheader
LAFAYETTE, La. -- Lexie Elkins homered and Jordan Wallace held No. 14 Baylor to three hits in a 3-1 victory in the opener, then the No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns erupted for 12 runs in the fourth inning of a 12-2 (5 inning) win in Game 2 to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Bears on Saturday at Lamson Park.
The sweep extended the Ragin' Cajuns' current win streak to seven games and improved the squad's record against ranked foes in 2015 to 5-3.
Elkins' home run, her 20th of the season, provided Louisiana (32-5) a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the opener. After Baylor (29-9) trimmed the lead to 2-1 on a solo home run by Sarah Smith in the fourth inning, Wallace retired the next eight hitters to protect the lead.
The Cajuns fell behind 2-0 in the third inning in the second game after Baylor's Shelby Friudenberg homered in the third inning.
Leandra Maly posted two of her game-high three hits during the fourth inning, the first triggering the 12-run frame that erased the deficit and put the game out of reach. The Cajuns scored 10-plus runs in a single inning for the first time since April 10, 2013 vs. Southern Miss.
"There were great performances all the way around today, both in pitching and hitting," associate head coach T.J. Hubbard said. "I was proud of the way the kids fought in the second game after falling behind by a couple of runs. That fourth inning was one of the most explosive innings I've ever seen."
Elkins reached 20 home runs for the second consecutive season. Elkins, a junior catcher and Top 26 finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year award, posted 24 home runs a year ago in her debut season with the Cajuns.
Maly finished 3-for-3 in Game 2, tying her season- and career-high for hits. Shellie Landry's 2-for-4 showing in the finale marked her 12th multiple-hit game of the season.
Haley Hayden reached base in both games -- single in opener, walk in Game 2 -- to extended her string of consecutive games reached base to 26.