Apr 16, 2014 11:00 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - Samantha Walsh hit a solo-home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and send the No. 17 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns home with a win over the McNeese State Cowgirls, 5-4, at Lamson Park on Wednesday.
For Walsh, it was her fifth homer of the season, 11th of her career, and her first walkoff homer, capping a 2-for-4, two RBI night, to improve the Cajuns to 31-7-1 on the season and 17-5-1 at Lamson Park.
Christina Hamilton got the start in the circle for the Cajuns, tossing the complete game and improving to 16-1 on the season, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with four walks, while striking out four batters.
Despite out-hitting the Cajuns 7-4, none of the Cowgirls' four runs came via a hit. They scored in the first inning before recording their first hit of the game on an RBI-fielders choice, added their second run on a sacrifice fly and scored their third and fourth runs via a fielders choice with an error.
Cajuns' catcher Lexie Elkins responded to the Cowgirls' first-inning run with her 13th home run of the season, scoring Haley Hayden and giving the Cajuns a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first.
McNeese tied the game up in the top of the third with a sacrifice fly from their top hitter, Ashley Modzelewski, and once again, the Cajuns responded to a McNeese State run with two of their own.
This time it was a double from Elkins, allowing Hayden to come around and score on a throwing error by the left fielder, and sending Ekins to third, promptly followed by an RBI single from Walsh to score pinch-runner Cassidy White and make it 4-2.
The two-run inning was enough to end the day for McNeese's starting pitcher Rachel Smith, yielding to the ace of the Cowgirls' staff, Jamie Allred. Smith allowed four runs on three hits in three innings of work, but gave five free-passes.
The Cowgirls had a two-run inning of their own to tie the game in the sixth. With the bases loaded, Lauren Langer hit an RBI fielders choice with the second run coming around on an error to make it 4-4.
Allred was able to hold the Cajuns to just two hits in her first three innings of work, but Walsh made the second hit against her hurt, sending the Cajuns home victorious with her seventh-inning walkoff.
The Cajuns will now take to the road for an eight-game roadtrip, with three games at Troy, a midweek doubleheader at Baylor and a three-game set at UT-Arlington. The Cajuns open the trip this Friday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Troy, wrapping up the weekend with a noon finale on Saturday.