UL Softball Downs North Florida
The 15th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns put another "W" in the win column on Friday.
Louisiana defeated the North Florida Ospreys 8-6, in the second day of play in the 32nd Louisiana Classics at Lamson Park.
The triumph, along with UL's 4-0 over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday, improved their record in the Louisiana Classics, which dates back to 1987, to an amazing 123-16-1.
The victory also improved Louisiana current win streak to a modest three games.
North Florida got on the scoreboard first, scoring three runs in the top half of the first inning, when Tiffany Lower drove home three runs with a two-out triple, to give them a quick 3-0 lead.
Louisiana answered right back in the bottom half of the frame, scoring six runs on six hits.
UL got a run-scoring single by Kara Gremillion, an RBI groundout off the bat of Kynadi Tipler, a big two-out, two-run double by Caitlin Garcia, and a two-out, two-run single by pinch-hitter Beth Ashley, to give them a 6-3 advantage.
The Ospreys drew closer in the top half of the 4th inning, scoring a run on a two-out single off the bat of Navia Penrod, to trim the deficit to 6-4.
Louisiana put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the 4th inning however, scoring twice, courtesy of an RBI double by Tipler, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Casidy Chaumont, to widen their lead to 8-4.
North Florida, refusing to give up, scored two runs in the top half of the 7th inning, one coming when Kayla McGory doubled home a run with two outs, before Lower drove home a run with a bases loaded walk, to make it 8-6, with the bases loaded and two outs.
That was as close as the Ospreys would get however, as the Cajuns held on for the 2-run win.
Louisiana, who outhit North Florida, 11-9, was paced at the plate by Dalton, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Ashley, Tipler, and Garcia all drove in two runs apiece.
Casey Dixon (2-0) recorded the win in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits over 4.0 innings.
Kylee Jo Trahan pitched the final three innings, allowing two runs, to record her second save of the season.
Morgan Blourne (2-3) suffered the loss for the Ospreys, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits in only one inning of work.
With the victory, Louisiana improved to 9-2, while North Florida dropped to 7-7.
Louisiana plays twice on Saturday, taking on North Florida once again at 2 pm, before squaring-off with UMBC at 7 o'clock.
You can all the action on ESPN 1420 and espn1420.com, beginning with the pregame show at 1:45 pm.