The Cajuns got their season underway with a match-up against Rhode Island and freshman hurler Christina Hamilton stole the show. The Cajuns blanked Rhode Island, 14-0, in their first game of the 25th Annual Louisiana Classics but the story was not at the plate, it was the Leesville native in the circle
Hamilton threw eight pitches, all for strikes, while breezing through the first inning of her collegiate career.
The freshman continued to roll, as she retired all 15 Rams she faced, throwing a perfect game in her collegiate debut. Hamilton threw all five innings for the Cajuns, striking out 10.
UL scored their 14 runs on only nine hits but used 12 walks to their advantage.
The Cajuns waited until just the second inning to get their 2011 scoring underway. Paige Cormier and Megan Granger each drew four pitch walks to get on base with one out in the inning. The Cajuns loaded the bases after Katie Smith delivered an infield bunt single.
UL leadoff hitter Nerissa Myers then singled down the left field line, plating Cormier and Granger. The Cajuns would then use three more walks to score three more runs, and after sending 10 players to the plate in the inning, UL led the game 4-0.
Louisiana would add seven more runs in the third inning, extending their lead to 11-0. After Cormier reached on an error and Granger flied out, a Smith single and a Myers walked loaded the bases with one out for UL. Erikka Murphy reached on an RBI fielder’s choice to plate the first run of inning, leaving the bases loaded.
Christi Orgeron would then lace a double to left center field, clearing the bases and extending the UL lead to 8-0. The Cajuns lone senior Gabriele Bridges drew a walk to put two runners on.
The Cajuns cleanup hitter Taryn Broussard came to the plate next, and in her first game at Lamson Park, the sophomore transfer blasted a three-run homer to left field, giving UL an 11-0 lead.
The Cajuns would scratch across another run in the fourth thanks to a Brianna Cherry sacrifice fly that scored Granger, who double earlier in the inning.
The Cajuns would add two more runs in the top of the fifth inning thanks to two hits and two walks. Martin and Natalie Fernandez drew leadoff walks which set the table for an RBI double by Sarah Draheim. Granger then hit an RBI single that gave the Cajuns their final 14-0 lead.
The Cajuns saw yet another freshman step up in the circle. This time Shelbee Rodgers threw her own perfect game, as the Cajuns took their second contest from Rhode Island 20-0.
Rodgers took the lead of her fellow freshman, going through the Rams in order in the first inning, striking out two. The Greenwell Springs native finished with seven strikeouts in her five innings of perfect work.
The Cajuns pounded out 17 hits in game two as the Rams committed one error. Myers and Orgeron each had three hits for the Cajuns while Bridges had two hits, both home runs.
The UL bats came to life early in the second match-up with Rhode Island, as the Cajuns scored six runs in the first inning. Myers and Orgeron each hit singles, then a wild pitch and a passed ball scored both, giving the Cajuns a 2-0 lead.
After a Bridges walk and a Broussard double, Draheim drove both runs in with an RBI single. Cormier and Smith would each add an RBI base hit to complete the Cajuns six run inning in the first.
UL would add a single run in the second inning thanks to a Bridges home run to deep left field. The hit was Bridges first of the day, after being walked in all four of her previous plate appearances on the day.
The Cajuns would add seven more runs in third inning, extending the lead to 14-0. UL plated the seven runs thanks to just two hits. The Cajuns drew four walks as well as a hit batter.
One of the two hits was another left field homer by Bridges. This one plated two runs for the Cajuns and gave the senior first baseman 46 for her career, the fifth most ever by a Cajun.
UL would add six more runs in the fourth inning, thanks to seven singles, leading to the final score of 20-0.