Softball Edges Kentucky, Falls to No. 12 Louisiana in Ragin’ Cajuns Invite

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LAFAYETTE, La. – Junior Meagan McKinney's walk-off single to center field in the bottom of the seventh, lifted the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (3-8) softball team to a come-from-behind victory, 3-2, Friday over Kentucky (7-7) at the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational at Lamson Park. After a one-hour delay in the middle of the third inning, the Islanders scored three runs in the final two innings to seal their third victory of the season. In the second game of the day, the Islanders dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 12-ranked Louisiana (13-0).

The Islanders move to 3-8 and will take on Southland foes - Nicholls State (8:30 a.m.) and Stephen F. Austin (6:30 p.m.) tomorrow. In earlier action today, Stephen F. Austin topped Nicholls State, 2-1.  

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GAME 1: Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 3, Kentucky 2

The Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening frame and added another run in the fifth before the Islanders battled back to even the score in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, Hannah Schwarz started the Islanders rally with a bunt before Jamise Jackson singled to center field with two outs. McKinney followed suit by ripping a single to center field to plate Hannah Schwarz and lift the Islanders to their third victory of the season.

Kentucky's leadoff batter Kara Dill opened the first inning with a single to shortstop and advanced to second on a Brittany Cervantes sacrifice bunt. Alice O'Brien in the fifth slot ripped a single to right field to plate Dill and give the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead.

Freshman Cassie Carroll recorded the Islanders first hit of the game in the bottom of the first with a single to right center and eventually advanced to third. In the second inning, freshman Mickayla Heller singled to center field but Kentucky's defense buckled down, leaving two Islanders on base.

Kentucky tacked on another run in the fifth frame to take a 2-0 lead. Dill once again started the Wildcats offense with a triple blast to right center and eventually scored on Griffin Joiner's solo shot to center field.

Senior Sandy Schumann jumpstarted the Islanders bats with a single to right field in the fifth inning, but two groundouts ended the Islanders run. However, in the sixth inning the Islanders rallied back to knot the score at 2-2 with two hits off Ellen Weaver. Sophomore Jamise Jackson started the inning with a walk and moved to third after McKinney reached base on an error from the third baseman. Pinch hitter Karissa Haleman followed suit, driving in two runs with a double down the right field line. Haleman tallied two RBIs with Jackson and McKinney both plating runs to even the score.

The Islanders' bats rolled on with a Heller single to right field for her second hit of the day. Her single put Haleman in scoring position before freshman Hayley Galloway ended the inning with a groundout to third base to end the inning.   

Kentucky answered with a single from Emily Jolly to right field before she stole third to start the seventh frame. Joiner reached base on a hit by pitch but the Wildcats' Rachel Riley flew out to first and the Islanders defense ended the inning and any threat of a Wildcat run.

Nine of the Islanders' batters tallied one hit apiece with Heller tacking on two hits. Haleman led the Islanders with two RBIs. Jordan Trujillo (3-2) picked up the victory in the circle for the Islanders in seven innings of work. The senior allowed seven hits, two runs, three walks while striking out six Kentucky batters.

Weaver (1-3) took the loss in the circle for the Wildcats in 6.2 innings. She allowed nine hits, three runs, two walks while striking out six batters.

GAME 2: No. 12 Louisiana 3, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 0

In the Islanders second game of the day, the undefeated No. 12-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns were held scoreless until the fourth inning when Louisiana jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Matte Haack plated Louisiana's first run of the game on a double from Sarah Draheim. The Ragin' Cajuns padded the lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth frame with two outs. Christi Orgeron singled to shortstop off a Vianca Pesina pitch and advanced to second on a Briana Cherry walk. Haack once again powered Louisiana's offense with a single through the left side to score Orgeron. Pesina pulled the Islanders out with a strikeout to end the inning, with the Islanders trailing by two.

Louisiana added another one run in the sixth off Greta Cecchetti who came in to relieve Pesina in the circle for the Islanders. Draheim scored on a Katie Smith single to third after reaching base on a solo shot to the left side off a pitch by Pesina.

Sophomore Laura Phillips registered the Islanders only two hits of the game in the second inning when she singled to right field and in the seventh when she had a solo shot through the left side of the field.

Pesina (0-4) dropped her fourth game of the season in five innings of work. She allowed eight hits, three runs, two walks, while striking out two batters. Cecchetti struck out three batters and allowed just one hit in two innings for the Islanders.

Ashley Brignak (7-0) sealed the victory for Louisiana with 10 strikeouts while limiting the Islanders to just two hits and she never gave up a walk in seven innings of action.