Feb. 24, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ga. –
In a battle of contrasting styles, the power of Louisiana-Lafayette won out over the speed of Florida State as the 14th-ranked Ragin Cajuns took the opening game of the 11th Annual NFCA Classic 14-0 on Friday (Feb. 24).
For the first time this season, the Seminoles dropped back-to-back games as their record fell to 8-4. UL-Lafayette remained perfect with 12-0 mark. Freshman pitcher Melissa May (San Diego, Calif.) could not get out of the third inning as she took the loss. Her record fell to 2-3. ULL starter Krystal Lewallen picked up the victory to improve to 7-0.
Natasha Jacob (Coppell, Texas) wasted no time in extending her on-base streak to 36 games as she led off the bottom of the first with a single. Unfortunately her time on base didn’t last very long as she got doubled up on a line drive by Whitney Buckmon (Stone Mountain, Ga.). Second baseman Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) increased her team lead to six stolen bases when she swiped third after reaching on an error.
The Ragin Cajuns struck for four runs in the top of the third against May. A pair of singles scored the first run then Lacey Bertucci brought in a pair with a two-run home run. Holly Tankersley followed with another home run to make it 4-0 in ULL’s favor.
After missing the first 11 games with an injury, freshman pitcher Kayla Collins (Niceville, Fla.) made her collegiate debut when she came in to relieve May in the third inning. It was a rough welcome to Division I softball as the right-hander gave up ten runs on six hits with six walks in two in a third innings of work.
ULL did more damage in the top of the fifth inning as it scored ten runs, including a pair of grand slams. The 14-run deficit is the second worst loss in school history behind a 15-0 loss to Arizona in the 1995 NCAA Regional.
The Seminoles continue their trip to the NFCA Classic with a 7:30 p.m. contest Friday against second-ranked Tennessee.