HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - USM Press Release
The Southern Miss softball team posted a valiant effort, but fell just short, dropping a 6-2 decision to No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday afternoon at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.
The Golden Eagles out hit the potent Ragin' Cajuns offense, 9-to-5. Sarah Evans and Bailey Stokes each finished the game with two hits apiece, while Morgan McKeever recorded a double and Samantha Robles hit a home run. Katie Cleary and Robles each scored runs, while Evans and Robles each drove in runs.
In the circle, Robles went the distance. The redshirt sophomore allowed six runs (two earned runs) on five hits with six walks and a pair of strikeouts. Robles had a no-hitter going into the fourth inning and kept the high powered offense of Louisiana-Lafayette scoreless for five of seven innings.
The Golden Eagles were the first team to scratch the scoreboard. In the third inning, McKeever led off the inning with a walk and Cleary delivered a one-out single. Lauren Holifield reached on a fielder's choice that retired McKeever at third. Southern Miss benefited from an illegal pitch. Evans followed with a single up the middle to score Cleary and give the Golden Eagles their first lead of the weekend.
The Ragin' Cajuns responded in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Robles had her no-hit bid broke up as Kelsey Vincent doubled to left center field. With two outs, UL's D.J. Sanders hit a two-run homer to left field to put the nationally ranked opponents in front 2-1.
Southern Miss knotted the score at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Robles led off the inning with a solo home run to left field. The home run was the second of the season for Robles and the sixth of her career.
Louisiana-Lafayette regained the lead for good in the sixth inning. The Ragin' Cajuns benefited from a Golden Eagle miscue to score four unearned runs. With one out, Louisiana-Lafayette used a walk and a bunt single to place a pair of runners on base. A fly ball to center field was dropped by Southern Miss, allowing UL to load the bases on the error. The next batter hit a ball to second base. The Golden Eagles attempted to eliminate the lead runner, but the runner was ruled safe, giving the Ragin' Cajuns the lead. The Cajuns followed with a two-RBI single through the left side of the infield to increase the lead to 5-2. A fielder's choice recorded the second out of the inning, but an errant throw trying to turn a double play allowed a run to score.
The Golden Eagles were unable to generate the offense to extend the game and fell 6-2.
Southern Miss returns to action on Tuesday night as the Golden Eagles play host to Southeastern Louisiana in a single game beginning at 6:00 p.m. Live stats, live video, live audio, and in-game tweets (@SouthernMissSB) will be available throughout the game.