No. 6 ULL Ends Softball's Season In Semis

Boca Raton, Fla. (5/11/12) - The No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette softball team ended the Mean Green's season with a 5-1 victory against North Texas in the semi-finals of the conference tournament on Friday night at the FAU Softball Stadium.

The Mean Green finishes its season at 28-26-1 and 2-2 in the conference tournament. ULL improves to 49-3 and will face South Alabama in the conference championship on Saturday afternoon. The Mean Green drew a fourth seed in the conference tournament after winning a program-record 13 Sun Belt victories and finished third in the Sun Belt Championship.

Brittany Simmons (11-11) took the loss, giving up five runs off four hits. She pitched 4.1 innings and gave up three runs off four hits. She pitched two hitless innings before giving up two runs off two hits in the third. Nerissa Myers knocked home the first run with an RBI double down the left field line, and Christi Orgeron plated the second run with a groundout.

Jordan Wallace improved to 25-1 in the circle for the Ragin' Cajuns. She allowed one run off six hits and struck out eight Mean Green batters.

In the fifth inning, Katie Smith hit a ball deep to the gap in right centerfield and raced around the bases for an in-the-park homer to ULL ahead by 3-0. A long single by Brianna Cherry off reliever Ashley Kirk knocked in the other two runs off the inning.

North Texas scored its lone run in the seventh inning off an RBI single by Dani Hoff. The Mean Green loaded the bases with one out, Wallace recorded a strikeout and forced a foul out to end the threat.

The Mean Green defeated FIU, 8-0, earlier in the day to advance to the semi-finals. Maddelyn Fraley and Caitlin Grimes homered in the game, and Kirk and Simmons combined for the shutout against FIU. Kirk gave up just one hit, and the Mean Green offense combined for 12 hits.

With her four RBI against FIU, Fraley moved into second place on NT's single-season record list with 47. She now has 13 home runs, while Grimes hit her 10th long ball of the season.  

The 28 wins for the Mean Green is the second-most victories in school history. The 26 losses are also the second-fewest defeats in program history.



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