Softball Falls in Ivitational Title Game

Feb. 18, 2007

Box Score

LAFAYETTE, La. --- The No. 16 Baylor softball team won its opener over Ole Miss, 8-2, before falling to No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette, 8-3, in the championship game of the of the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational in action at Ragin' Cajuns Park on Sunday. With the split, Baylor finishes in second place at the tournament and moves to 10-2 on the season.

In game one against the Rebels, Baylor scored two runs in four consecutive innings as the Lady Bears picked up a six-run win.

After a scoreless first inning, Courtney Oberg put the Lady Bears on the board as she lifted a home run to center field, scoring Kirsten Shortridge as Oberg's first career blast gave Baylor a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Bears extended the lead to four with two more runs in the third frame as Kelsey Sage delivered a two-out, two-run single, scoring Brette Reagan and Danielle Honnette to make the score 4-0.

After Ole Miss answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half, Ashley Monceaux extended the lead back to four with a two-run shot over the left-center field wall, her seventh home run of the season, as the Lady Bears took a 6-2 lead.

Sage and Brittany Turner put the final touches on the victory with RBI singles in the fifth as Shortridge shut down the Rebels the rest of the way to move to 4-0 on the season after allowing only two hits and no runs in 4.2 innings of work.

Becky Nye took the loss for the Rebels and fell to 0-4 on the year after allowing eight runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.

In the championship contest against the Ragin' Cajuns, Baylor jumped out to an early 3-0 lead; however, eight unanswered runs doomed the Lady Bears as Louisiana-Lafayette claimed the tournament title with a five-run win.



Chelsi Lake put the Lady Bears on the board first with a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Nicole Wesley and Monceaux, to give Baylor the early 3-0 lead. The home run was the fourth of the season for Lake and the 39th of her career, tying her with Kelly Osburn (39, 2003-06) for the Baylor career lead in the category.

The Ragin' Cajuns responded; however, as UL-Lafayette scored a single run in the fourth before exploding for six runs in the fifth. After tying the game in the fifth inning, Holly Tankersley delivered the key blast as she hit a grand slam over the center field wall to give the Ragin' Cajuns a 7-3 lead.

Louisiana-Lafayette added a run in the sixth as Baylor was unable to mount a rally and fell to the Ragin' Cajuns for the second time during the tournament.

Lisa Ferguson took the loss for Baylor and fell to 4-2 on the season after allowing four earned runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work.

Brittany Cuevas picked up the victory and improved to 7-0 on the season after allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work.

Monceaux, Reagan and Shortridge earned all-tournament honors as Tankersley was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

Baylor will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 20, when the Lady Bears host Houston for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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