LAFAYETTE, La. – The Samford softball team opened the 2018 season with a 7-1 loss a No. 22 Louisiana Thursday evening on the first day of the Mardi Gras Classic at Lamson Park.
Samford was led at the plate by Madison Couch, going 1-for-3 with an RBI. Ryan Brzozoski was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Kelsey Royalty and Lexie Higgins added one hit each for the Bulldogs.
Annalyn Yantis (0-1) took the loss in the circle for Samford, pitching 2.0 innings, giving up two runs, just one earned, on two hits. Taylor DeCelles and McKenna Gillespie also pitched in the game for the Bulldogs.
For Louisiana, Casidy Chaumont went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI. Brittany Holland also drove in two runs for Louisiana, going 1-for-2 at the plate. Jolie Readeaux, Alissa Dalton and Kara Gremillion drove in a run each. Casey Dixon (1-0) earned the win in the circle, tossing 4.0 innings, giving up one run on two hits.
Samford jumped on top first with a run in the top of the first inning. Brzozoski led the inning off with a single to left field. She then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Shelby Maze. With one out, Brzozoski advanced to third base on a passed ball. Couch then singled down the left field line to drive in Brzozoski for a 1-0 Samford lead.
After Louisiana tied the score with a run in the bottom of the second inning, the Ragin' Cajuns took a 5-1 lead with four runs in the bottom of the third inning. In the big third inning, Chaumont led the inning off with a solo home run. Dalton, Gremillion and Holland drove in a run each in the inning to give the Cajuns a four-run lead.
Louisiana added two more runs in the fourth inning to push its lead to 7-1. Chaumont and Readeaux drove in a run each in the inning for the Cajuns.
Samford will continue play in the Mardi Gras Classic with two games Friday. The Bulldogs will take on Illinois-Chicago at 9 a.m., and Evansville at 2 p.m.
SAMFORD'S REMAINING GAMES IN MARDI GRAS CLASSIC
Friday, Feb. 9
Illinois-Chicago vs. Samford, 9 a.m.: Live Stats
Evansville vs. Samford, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10
Samford vs. Eastern Illinois, 9 a.m.: Live Stats