The 25th ranked Ragin' Cajuns saw another successful season come to an end on Sunday as they fell to Houston, 4-1, in the championship game at the NCAA Austin Regional.

The Cajuns (51-11) fell victim to two home runs that plated three of the Cougars four runs. Ashley Brignac (32-7) went the distance for the Cajuns to pick up her 27th complete game of the season.

At the plate, Nerissa Myers led the Cajuns with two hits and a walk on the day as the Cajuns as a team recorded six hits. Natalie Fernandez also posted two hits for Louisiana.

For the third time in four games at the Austin Regional, the Cajuns would fall behind as Houston catcher Haley Outon hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Cougars ahead 1-0.

After stranding a runner in each of the first four innings without scoring, the Cajuns would pull even in the bottom of the fifth inning with one run. Natalie Fernandez led off the inning with a single but was erased on a Katie Smith fielder's choice.

Nerissa Myers and Christi Orgeron would then each single to load the bases with one out for the Cajuns' lone senior, Gabriele Bridges. Bridges would drive in Smith with a sacrifice fly to right field and pull the Cajuns even at 1-1.

The Cougars would retake the lead in the sixth inning when Outon hit her second home run, a two-run shot to left field to put Houston ahead 3-1.

Houston added one more in the seventh thanks to two singles and a wild pitch.

Missed opportunities plagued the Cajuns all day as they stranded eight runners including five in scoring position.

Amanda Crabtree (21-8) picked up the win for Houston (43-16), going the distance while giving up six hits.

On the season, the Cajuns set a new Sun Belt and UL record with 481 runs scored. That total is now the tenth highest total in NCAA history. Orgeron wrote her name in the record books as well as she posted 101 RBI, the third highest single-season total in NCAA history.

Bridges also wrote her name in the NCAA record books as she hit a new single-season record four grand slams on the season. Her 66 career home runs as place as the 14th most in NCAA history.

The Cajuns advanced to their 13th consecutive, and 21st overall, NCAA Regional while capturing their 10th Sun Belt Regular Season Championship and their 11th Sun Belt Tournament Championship.

2011 Ragin' Cajuns Softball
Houston vs #25 Louisiana
May 22, 2011 at Austin, Texas (McCombs Field)

Houston 4 (43-16)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
SHERMAN, Katy Beth rf 
ANDERSON, Holly 3b 
GABER, Reina dp 
  MARTIN, Erin pr 
GREGSON, Melissa lf 
KLINKERT, Jennifer 2b 
LATHAN, Brooke ss 
  LOTT, Baillie ph 
OUTON, Haley c 
BRAZIL, Stesha 1b 
JONES, Ashleigh cf 
CRABTREE, Amanda p 
Totals  29  21 

Louisiana 1 (51-11)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Myers, Nerissa ss 
Orgeron, Christi rf 
Bridges, Gabriele 1b 
Draheim, Sarah c 
Cormier, Paige 2b 
Cherry, Briana cf 
  Broussard, Taryn ph 
Granger, Megan 3b 
  Martin, Jennifer ph 
Fernandez, Natalie dp 
Smith, Katie lf 
Brignac, Ashley p 
Totals  26  21 

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
Houston............. 010 002 1 -  4  9  0
Louisiana........... 000 010 0 -  1  6  0
LOB - HOU 7; UL 8. 2B - Myers. HR - OUTON H. 2. SH - KLINKERT. SF - Bridges.

Houston   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
CRABTREE, Amanda W,21-8  7.0  26  30  139 
Louisiana   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Brignac, Ashley L,32-7  7.0  29  32  129 

Win - CRABTREE (21-8). Loss - Brignac (32-7). Save - None. WP - CRABTREE; Brignac. BK - Brignac 2. Pitches/strikes: CRABTREE 139/84; Brignac 129/76. Umpires - HP: Kevin Davis 1B: Tracy Hart 3B: Danny Bowman
Start: 1:00 pm Time: 2:32 Attendance: 1061


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