Trojans drop series in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, LA. The Troy University softball team fell to (No. 19/20) Louisiana-Lafayette 9-1 in Sun Belt Conference action Sunday afternoon, dropping the series to the Ragin' Cajuns.

The Trojans created their first chance in the top of the first inning after a Michelle Hewett (Alford, Fla./Chipola JC) bunt single. After the next two batters were retired, Hewett stole second with Hayden Gann (Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS) at the plate. Following the stolen base, Gann drove a ball into left field but was not deep enough to score Hewett; before Sarah Harris (Surrey, BC, Canada/Semiahoo Secondary) struck out to end the inning.

Louisiana-Lafayette (27-5, 5-1 Sun Belt) struck first in the bottom half of the first inning. A controversial call started the bottom of the inning in which Nerissa Myers reached first on a bunt single, as ball was deflected off the glove of TROY third baseman Kelly Luquette (St. Amant, La./St. Amant HS) and into the glove of catcher Randi Ashworth (Crosby, Texas/Tallahassee CC). However, after a four-minute delay, the ball was ruled to hit the ground.

The Ragin' Cajuns took advantage of that as Gabrielle Bridges drove a single to right, allowing Myers to get all the way around to third. The pair scored as the next batter in the lineup, Christi Orgeron, tripled to right center to put Louisiana-Lafayette up 2-0. The inning was kept alive as Brianna Cherry dropped down a one-out bunt to put runners at first and third, before Sarah Draheim singled through the left side driving in Orgeron. After the Ragin' Cajuns went up three, the last run of the inning came on a Megan Granger single drove in Cherry before Draheim was caught in a rundown on a heads up play by Taylor Smartt (Troy, Ala./Charles Henderson HS).

TROY (19-15, 1-5 Sun Belt) got on the board in the third inning after a Hewett lead-off single to center. He advanced to second when Luquette dropped down a bunt, and scored on a Nikki Hollett (Melbourne, Australia) double down the left field line. With runners at second and third with no one out, Gann drilled a ball shortstop Nerissa Myers who was able to snag it and double off Hollett at second to end the Trojans threat and keep Louisiana-Lafayette ahead 4-1 through 2 1/2 innings of play.

Louisiana-Lafayette answered in the bottom of the third when Orgeron knocked a 1-1 pitch into the right centerfield bleachers, her 14th home run of the season, to extend the lead back to four runs at 5-1. They were able to add to the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Ragin' Cajuns scored three runs off of just one hit, three walks and three TROY errors.

Hewett picked up multiple hits on the afternoon as she went 2-for-3, picking up singles in her first two at-bats on the afternoon. Luquette also picked up a pair of hits on the afternoon as she went 2-for-3, picking up a pair of singles in her final two at-bats on the afternoon.

The Trojans return to action on Tuesday in non-conference play against Florida A&M University, with the games taking place at the Troy Softball Complex. Admission is free to all home TROY softball games.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Troy University Athletics