Ragin' Cajuns softball, playing without head coach, falls to Auburn 4-3 in NCAA Regional opener
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns softball didn't have Gerry Glasco on the bench Friday in a 4-3 loss to Auburn in the opening game of the Clemson Regional in South Carolina.
The Ragin' Cajuns (45-12) had to make some adjustments when Glasco's travel arrangements prevented him from making the game after being removed from COVID-19 protocols. Glasco is expected to coach during Saturday's elimination game against UNC Wilmington (:30 p.m., ESPN+).
On top of not having Glasco, the Cajuns were missing two key components of their lineup. Infielder Alexa Langeliers was sick and is unavailable until further notice, and pitcher Sam Landry was also unavailable Friday.
Despite some missing pieces, the Ragin Cajuns struck fast with a leadoff single and savvy base running by Stormy Kotzelnick in the first inning. But Bri Ellis, SEC freshman of the year, blasted a two-run homer to give the Auburn the lead.
The teams went back and forth for another inning before a two-out RBI double by Peralta in the third inning gave Auburn a 3-2 lead.
A wild pitch in the fifth give the Cajuns a run to tie the game again. Late in the sixth inning, Ellis homered again to secure the win for the Tigers.
Both pitchers were in the circle for the complete game. Maddie Penta gave up five hits, three runs and struck out five for Auburn (40-15). Meghan Schorman allowed six hits, four runs and stuck out six for UL.
Maddie Hayden led the Ragin' Cajuns at the plate, going 2-for-2 with one RBI.
Ellis led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, two runs and two home runs. Carlee McCondichie was right behind her, going 2-for-3 with two runs.