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Cajuns sweep Softball, Panthers drop eighth straight

Earlier in the year, Georgia State softball had won eight straight games. Now, the team has lost eight straight as the Panthers were swept on the road by the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. The team was run-ruled in all three games on the road in Louisiana.

The team is now 23-15 on the season and only 5-7 in conference play.

Georgia State hopes to return to its winning ways on Tuesday in a doubleheader at home against Tennessee Tech.

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Friday: 10-1 loss to Cajuns (run-rule)

Louisiana-Lafayette set the tone for the series in the bottom of the second. Senior outfielder Leandra Maly walked before freshman infielder D.J. Sanders hit a singles, placing runners at first and second. Senior utility player Meagan Thomas drew a walk, loading the bases. Freshman outfielder Kelli Martinez hit a sacrifice fly as Maly scored from third, giving the Cajuns a 1-0 lead. With runners at second and third due to a Georgia State throwing error, junior utility player Shellie Landry hit a two-run double as Sanders and Thomas scored, upping the Cajuns lead to 3-0.

In the top of the fourth, Megan Litumbe got the Panthers on the board with a two-out solo home run, bringing Georgia State within 3-1.

Sophomore infielder Haley Hayden led the bottom of the fourth off with a walk before Landry doubled, plating Hayden and making it a 4-1 game. She moved to third on a throwing error before Elkins extended the lead to 5-1 on a sacrifice fly as Landry scored. Redshirt junior utility player Samantha Walsh reached base on an error, setting the stage for a Maly RBI-single as Walsh scored, giving Louisiana-Lafayette a 6-1 lead.

Thomas and Martinez led off the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back bunt singles. Hayden singled, scoring Thomas and extending the Cajuns’ lead to 7-1.

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In the bottom of the sixth, junior infielder Kelsey Vincent doubled, then Maly walked. Sanders followed by hitting a three-run homer (the first of her career), growing the Cajuns’ lead to 10-1, their eventual margin of victory.

Saturday: 10-2 loss to Cajuns (run-rule)

The Cajuns also began this game with a 3-0 lead, but plated their three in the first instead of the second. After Hayden and Landry walked, junior catcher Lexie Elkins hit a three-run homer for the 3-0 advantage.

Georgia State would score two in the top of the second. Lauren Coleman led the frame off with a single before Litumbe lofted her second homer of the series as she and Coleman scored, cutting the Panthers deficit to 3-2.

That deficit became two again at 4-2 in the bottom of the second. Redshirt freshman outfielder Aleah Craighton doubled, then Martinez hit a single. Hayden followed that with a triple as Martinez scored, making the game 4-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, Vincent’s solo home run extended the lead to 5-2.

Sanders led off the bottom of the fourth with a double before Martinez placed in a bunt single as Sanders advanced to third, placing runners on the corners. Hayden hit a sacrifice fly as Sanders found home from third, increasing the Cajuns’ lead to 6-2.

Elkins began the top of the fifth with a double before junior outfielder Cassidy White pinch ran for Elkins. White stole third, then scored as Vincent hit a sacrifice fly, making the game 7-2 after five innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, Sanders led the frame with a walk before stealing second base. Martinez later walked with Sanders on third base. A Panthers wild pitch plated Sanders, making the lead for UL-Lafayette grow to 8-2. After Hayden walked and Landry hit a single, Elkins hit a ground ball that was misplayed and led to two more Cajuns runs, extending their lead to 10-2, Louisiana-Lafayette’s margin of victory.

Saturday: 8-0 loss to Cajuns (run-rule)

The Cajuns scored five runs in the first. Hayden led off with a walk, then advanced to second on a passed ball. Landry walked, Elkins singled, driving home Hayden, giving Louisiana-Lafayette a 1-0 lead. Walsh walked and junior infielder Kelsey Vincent hit a grand slam, plating herself, Walsh, Elkins, and Landry, extending the Cajuns’ lead to 5-0.

Hayden doubled with one out in the bottom of the second before Landry’s two-run homer expanded Louisiana-Lafayette’s lead to 7-0. Elkins made it back-to-back home runs as her solo shot made it an 8-0 Cajuns game.

The Panthers only managed three hits as UL-Lafayette defeated Georgia State in five innings via the run rule, completing their sweep.