AUSTIN, Texas – In a rematch of last weekend's loss to the Longhorns at the Diamond Nine Citrus Classic in Orlando, the Cajuns were swept in a doubleheader in Austin on Wednesday March 6. The Cajuns lost game one 9-4, and dropped game two 7-1 at Red and Charline McCombs field on the University of Texas campus.
The Cajuns struck first in game one when Matte Haack got the scoring started in the first inning with her fourth home run of the season, driving in Shellie Landry for a 2-0 Louisiana lead. The lead would be the Cajuns' only of the day.
Christina Hamilton got the start in the circle for the Cajuns; it was her second start against Texas this season. Hamilton was roughed up in the first and came out after allowing three runs, getting just two batters out.
Kristin Martinez came in relief for Louisiana, getting the first batter she faced out on the first pitch to get out of the inning with the Cajuns down 3-2.
Sara Corbello led off the second inning for the Cajuns and sent the second pitch she saw over the left field fence, knotting the score at three. The home run was the first of her career.
The score remained tied at three before the Longhorns rallied in the fourth inning, turning over the batting order, and taking a 7-3 lead with two doubles, two singles and a walk. It was just the fourth time this season that the Cajuns have allowed four runs in an inning.
Victoria Brown came in to pitch the sixth inning for the Cajuns. Brown allowed two runs on one hit and an error, while walking three, getting just two outs before Hamilton re-entered with the Cajuns down 9-3. Hamilton struck out the first batter she faced to get out of the inning.
The Cajuns scored once in the ninth off of a Leandra Maly single, but could not spark a rally and fell by a final score of 9-4.
Martinez was the pitcher of record in game one, tossing 4.1 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk, while racking up a season-high four strikeouts.
Texas mimicked the Cajuns to start game two, hitting a two-run home run of their own, by Taylor Thom, in the first inning. Cajuns starter Jordan Wallace would get out of the inning without any more damage trailing 2-0.
The Longhorns followed up a scoreless second inning by scoring in every inning thereafter, highlighted by the second home run of the game by Thom in the sixth inning, to make the score 7-1.
Samantha Walsh gave the Cajuns their lone run of game two with her second home run of the season. Walsh sent a 2-0 pitch to the deepest part of the park and off the scoreboard to make the score 5-1 at the time. She would lead the seventh inning off with her first career triple, but eventually was stranded at third to end the game with the Cajuns falling 7-1. She finished the game 2-for-3 with a triple, and a home run.
Jordan Wallace would be handed the loss in a complete game effort and falls to 8-4 on the season. She tossed 6.0 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out eight batters.
The Cajuns record is now 15-7 on the season entering Sun Belt play. They have lost three straight games for the first time since being swept in a three-game series at Florida Atlantic on April 23-24, 2011.
Louisiana will now return home and start Sun Belt Conference play against Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers come to town for three games, a Saturday doubleheader starting at 1:00 P.M. and one game on Sunday, starting at noon. The Cajuns will then stay at Lamson Park for a nonconference doubleheader on Wednesday, March 13 against Louisiana Tech at 4:00 P.M.
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