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No. 19 UL Stuns Lady Raiders Softball

May 15, 2001 · MT Media Relations
LAS CRUCES, NM-Steffi Silva's two-out RBI triple brought Middle Tennessee's softball team back from a 4-3 deficit against No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette but the Lady Cajuns were able to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the game, 6-5.

The Lady Raiders got out to a 3-0 lead before the Lady Cajuns responded with three runs in the bottom half of the third inning and then took a 4-3 lead on a mammoth homerun by Missy Martin.

The Lady Raiders came back on three straight two out hits in the seventh from Laura Brockman, Kristina Hieb and Silva and looked to have knocked off their first ranked opponent since Texas A&M last year before the wheels fell off in the last half of the seventh inning.

Alana Addison, the SBC Player of the Year, had the big hit once again for the Lady Cajuns with the second of her RBI doubles in the game. UL had three hits in the seventh propelling the No. 1 seed into the championship game.

The Lady Raiders got a run off Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, Melissa Coronado, in the top of the first inning with two hits from Kip Phillips and Jennifer Martinez.

Phillips led off the game with an infield hit and Martinez later followed in the inning with a two-out RBI single to left-center field.

The Lady Raiders duplicated their first inning feat to take a 2-0 lead when Steffi Silva reached on an infield hit and scored on a two-out RBI single by Lisa Sherman. Erica Buhl then followed with a drive to the right-center field wall scoring Sherman for a 3-0 lead.

However, the Lady Cajuns stuck back in the bottom half of the third inning with three runs on two hits including an RBI double by Addison.

The loss means the Lady Raiders will face Western Kentucky for the right to meet the Lady Cajuns in the championship game. UL will have to be beaten twice by Western or Middle Tennessee to win the tournament.

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