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LAFAYETTE – Nerissa Myers capped off her career at Lamson Park in a great way, driving in five of the Cajuns seven runs in a 7-2 victory over Troy on Sunday, April 28. The Cajuns improved their record to 37-11 overall and 16-4 in Sun Belt Conference action, and have now won 19 games in a row.
It was the last home game for Megan Waterman, Nerissa Myers, Brianna Cherry, Sarah Draheim and Matte Haack, a senior class that has seen a lot of success in their time here. In a whole, the Louisiana senior class went 6-for-12 today with seven RBI and five walks, with every one of them reaching base at least once.
"This team is built around these kids," Head Coach Michael Lotief said of the senior class. "It's what the program is built around - our seniors. We want to bring in good kids and not only develop them softball wise, but develop them as good people. Once they stay in this program for four years, you watch how their softball skills develop, but you also watch how they mature personally. Today it is special because it all works out for them. The game rewarded them today and it was good to end on this kind of note."
Myers finished the day 3-for-4 with five RBI, one run scored, a home run and a double. She has now scored 228 career runs, and is just two away from tying Jerie Alexander for most All-Time with the Ragin' Cajuns.
Sarah Draheim drove in the other two runs for the Cajuns, homering in what became her last career at-bat at Lamson Park. It was her 13th home run of the season and RBI 49 and 50. She is two RBI shy of tying her career-high of 52 which she set in 2011.
The Cajuns took the lead in the second, by way of Myers' home run. It was a three-run shot to left center and her seventh of the season.
Troy took a bite out of the Cajuns' lead in the third with a two-run home run by catcher Hannah Renn. The home run set the score to 3-2, a score that would hold steady until the sixth inning.
Myers continued her big day in the sixth, driving in two runs on a double. She drove in Cherry and Megan Thomas before being thrown out attempting to stretch a double to a triple, making it 5-2. Draheim added to that lead two at-bats later with her 13th homer of the season.
Jordan Wallace went the distance in the circle for the Cajuns, improving to 23-6 on the season. She tossed 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out 13. It was the tenth time this season she reached double-digit strikeouts.
She now boasts a 1.77 ERA with 283 strikeouts in 178.1 innings pitched.
The Cajuns will wrap up the regular season next weekend when they travel to Monroe to take on Louisiana-Monroe. They will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 4:00 P.M. and return on Sunday for a 1:00 P.M. start in the season finale.
The Sun Belt Conference Tournament is scheduled to start on Wednesday, May 8th with the conference championship on Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 P.M. Match Ups and Brackets will be released following the conclusion of the regular season.
"Postseason it all starts anew," Coach Lotief said. "You have to develop a mindset like March Madness. You throw away the records and all that stuff and it's all about how badly you want it and execution."