LAFAYETTE – An explosive first inning and commanding performance from Sam Landry in the circle equated to a rousing 2023 season debut for the No. 20-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball team in a 12-0 (5 inn.) win over Lafayette College on Friday, February 10 in the 37th Annual Louisiana Classics at Yvette Girouard Field at Lamson Park. 

Landry turned in a no-hitter as she struck out the side three times and recorded 13 out the 15 outs via the strikeout. She set a career-high for strikeouts (13) and posted the first no-hitter of her collegiate career. 

The offense quickly set the tone for Louisiana (1-0), generating five runs only five batters into the contest during an eight-run outburst in the first inning.  

Two batters in it was Maddie Hayden singling home Mihyia Davis who led off with a walk and swiped two stolen bases, then two-run home runs from Alexa Langeliers and Sophie Piskos followed advancing the lead to 5-0. 

Karly Heath’s RBI single made it 6-0 before the visiting Leopards (0-2) recorded an out. Davis and Hayden later brought in the final two runs of the Ragin’ Cajuns opening statement. 

Jourdyn Campbell sealed the run-rule triumph with her bases-clearing, three-run double in the third inning that extended the lead out to 12-0. 

Landry had the Lafayette hitters baffled the entire contest as only once was a ball successfully put in play and she was a leadoff hit by pitch in the fifth inning away from tossing a perfect game. 

Campbell (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI) joined Victoria Valdez (2-for-2, 2 doubles) in team-high honors for hits and Langliers (1-of-3, HR, 3 RBI) for the game-high total in RBI. The Ragin’ Cajuns also got multiple RBI from Hayden (1-for-2, 2 RBI) and Piskos (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI). 

Friday’s outing marked the 1,000th game that Louisiana has played at Lamson Park. It was also the first-ever meeting with Lafayette College. 

The run production marked the highest for the Ragin’ Cajuns in a season opener in the Gerry Glasco era, and was the most runs scored in an opener since the 2016 season (W, 22-4 vs. Ball State). 

Landry’s no-hitter marked the first season-opening no-hitter for Louisiana since the 2011 season when Christina Hamilton threw a five-inning no-hitter vs. Rhode Island on February 11, 2011. 


The Ragin’ Cajuns continue play in the 37th Annual Louisiana Classics at Lamson Park on Saturday, February 11 facing SFA at 1:00 p.m. followed by a 3:30 p.m. matchup with Lafayette College.