ULL advances to Women's CWS over Arizona

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Christina Hamilton

LAFAYETTE, La. - A three-run first inning highlighted by a two-run double from Shelbi Redfearn, boosted the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball team to their sixth Women's College World Series berth in school history, with a 7-1 win over Arizona in front of 2,693 fans at Lamson Park on Saturday.

The Cajuns (49-8-1), will now head to Oklahoma City, Okla, where they will take on the winner of the Los Angeles Super Regional between UCLA and Kentucky, in the first round of the 2014 Women's College World Series.

“This is crazy, everything this team has done," head coach Michael Lotief said.  “They did it because they are not afraid to dream or pay the price and sacrifice. This is an amazing story and these kids have taken us on a fabulous ride.”

Christina Hamilton (29-2) continued to shine with her fifth win of the 2014 postseason, tossing a complete game, allowing one run on five hits and no walks, while fanning two batters, needing just 89 pitches to get through the game.

The Cajuns struck early, scoring three runs on three hits in the first inning, all coming with two outs. Redfearn went the other way with an outside pitch and sent it to right field, scoring two.

The Cajuns improved to 65-48 in postseason play, sweeping a Super Regional for the first time in school history.  This will be their second visit to the WCWS since the Super Regional rounds started.