Mean Green Falls In 10 Innings

DENTON, Texas (3/12/11) - Back-to-back home runs by the Mean Green tied the game in the seventh, but the No. 17 Ragin' Cajuns softball team scored three in the 10th to take a 5-2 win on Saturday afternoon at Lovelace Stadium. North Texas held an early lead in the nightcap but could not hold on in a 7-3 losing effort.

The Mean Green falls to 11-10 and 0-2 in the Sun Belt Conference, while Louisiana-Lafayette improves to 20-2 and 2-0 in the conference. ULL has won the last 12 games against the Mean Green.

ULL took a 2-0 lead in the first game, scoring off a wild pitch and a solo home run. Caitlin Grimes and Maddelyn Fraley hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings.

An RBI single and a two-run homer by Christi Orgeron gave ULL a 5-2 lead in the top of the 10th. The Mean Green loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, and Grimes hit a deep fly ball to right field that just missed leaving the ballpark.

Brittany Simmons pitched all 10 innings for the Mean Green and tied a career high with seven strikeouts. She held the Ragin' Cajuns to four earned runs off nine hits. Ashley Brignac struck out 11 Mean Green batters in the win.

Mallory Cantler led off the fourth inning in the second game with a double. She moved to third on a Grimes single, and then scored off a Fraley sacrifice fly. Grimes went 2-for-2 in the game with two RBI.

ULL responded with a three-run homer in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to take the lead. Gabriele Bridges knocked in five runs for the Ragin' Cajuns.

Grimes hit her second homer of the day in the sixth inning, a two-run shot, but the Mean Green still came up short. The junior catcher leads the team with five home runs and 15 RBI.

Ashley Kirk (5-4) took the loss for the Mean Green. She gave up six runs off seven hits, while striking out nine batters.

North Texas finishes up the conference series with ULL on Sunday when it faces the Ragin' Cajuns at 11 a.m. at Lovelace Stadium.



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