Cajuns out slug Trojans

Published 3:00 am Saturday, March 26, 2016

The ULL Ragin’ Cajuns proved why they are the nation’s leader in homeruns per game, hitting six in a double-header sweep of the Troy Trojans on Friday.

The Cajuns beat Sun Belt rival Trojans 11-0 and 8-1. Trojans managed just eight hits on the afternoon.

“They just did a good job at keeping us off balance,” said Trojan head coach Beth Mullins. “I thought we were trying way too hard. When you do that you’re going to swing at too many balls and you’re going to swing way too hard.”

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The University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns scored the series’ first run in the opening inning with a homerun by Shellie Landry. ULL added two more runs in the second, with singles by Kara Gremillion and Haley Hayden.

Troy pitcher Ashley Rainey settled down over the next three innings, retiring retired nine straight batters from two outs in the third until the top of the sixth.

The Trojans struggled on offense, missing opportunities in both the second and third innings without getting the big hit needed to produce runs.

The Trojans stranded a total of eight runners on base in game one, compared to five by the Cajuns.

Sara Corbello hit a long homerun to right field in the sixth, giving the Cajuns the comfortable 6-0 lead. Rachel Rigney took the mound for the Trojans in the seventh, but after giving up five runs and loading the bases, Mullins put Rainey back in the game. Rainey got the final two outs of the inning, but the Cajuns led 11-0.

The Trojans managed just five hits in a game one, led by Kate Benton who went 3-4.

ULL hit three homeruns in game two. With one out in the first inning Lexie Elkins connected on her 17th homerun of the year. Corbello followed with a homerun in the second inning. Landry hit the third homerun with one out in the second, giving ULL a 6-0 lead.

Trojans starter Peyton Glover lasted just 2 1/3 innings and was lifted in favor of Meg Willis. The reliever went the final 4.2 innings and without yielding a run.

“She did a really good job,” Mullins said. “She did a good job at keeping the ball in the zone. When she missed, she missed off the plate. That’s what we are trying to do. She kept them in the park, which is saying something.

The Cajuns added two more runs in the third on two hits and a Trojan error.

The Trojans scored their first run of the game in the fourth inning when Amanda Winters cleared the wall for a homerun to bring the score to 8-1.

The Cajuns and Trojans wrap up their series on at noon Saturday at the Troy Softball complex.

“We are going to come out and try to learn from this,” Mullins said. “If you don’t learn from this, it’s a problem.”