PINEVILLE, La. (LC) - Louisiana College softball finished their first home conference series of the year on Friday after by completing their first sweep of UT Dallas since the 2015 season. The Wildcats led from the very beginning as Cameron Crochet kept the Comet offense off balance in route to the 8-5 win.
The Wildcats manufactured their first run of the game with their patented small ball approach. Shelby Bergeron led off the game with a base hit then swiped second to reach scoring position. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and came home on an Abby Sterling RBI groundout to give LC the early lead.
The Comets answered with a run of their own in the top of the second, but only got one run out of a bases loaded, no-out situation. The Wildcats regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on another sacrifice bunt play from Briley Johnston but a base running error at third ended the inning on the same play.
The game remained 2-1 in favor of the Cats over the next few innings as Cameron Crochet retired eight of the next nine batters she faced. The LC offense extended their slim lead in the fourth with more small ball. Haley Vezinat scored on a wild pitch, then a sacrifice fly from Samantha Cetta made it 4-1 Cars after four innings.
UTD got a run back in the fifth, but it was answered by the Cats in the bottom of the frame on a Abby Sterling base hit to right. LC picked up three, what turned out to be critical, runs in the sixth on an RBI groundout from Desiree Squires, and a throwing error by the Comets that allowed two runs to score making it 8-2 heading into the seventh.
Showing some signs of fatigue on the muggy day, Crochet surrendered a leadoff double, and a 1-out, RBI triple and RBI single to back-to-back batters. The Comets would get two more hits in the inning and score one more run, but Crochet would get the final out on a fly ball to center to earn her first complete game of the season.
Shelby Bergeron stole two bases in the game and in the process tied the LC career stolen bases record of 77 held by Stephanie Jaeger. She will have the chance to break the record on Wednesday afternoon at Wildcat Park as the Wildcats host Centenary College in a doubleheader.
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