Softball continues on road trip in Louisiana

Head coach Rachel Lawson’s UK softball team will go on the road for the fourth-straight weekend to start the season, visiting Lafayette, La., to participate in the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Invitational starting Friday.

The Cats won three-of-four games in the Georgia Southern Invitational last weekend to improve to 7-6 on the season.

Finding offensive production wasn’t much of a problem for them either after scoring eight runs on North Florida and nine against Radford; their highest run production of the season.

UK’s ability to shut down opponents on defense can be attributed to its pitching staff, which senior Brittany Cervantes said was a stress reliever for those on offense to have.

Another UK batter feeling the effects of strong outings by her pitching staff is junior Kara Dill.

Her 10 game hitting streak will be put to the test starting with the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Islanders at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

The Islanders are 2-7 on the season with wins over North Texas and a UK Southeastern Conference foe, Ole Miss.

Games two and three will pit UK against Stephen F. Austin, which holds a 5-10 record.

UK senior Chanda Bell’s 0.73 ERA could be put to use during the Saturday double-header. After taking on Stephen F. Austin, UK will  play against its third team ranked in the ESPN.COM/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.

Saturday’s 2 p.m. game will be against tournament host, No. 12 University of Louisiana Lafayette. The Ragin Cajuns are 12-0 on the season and opened the season by outscoring their opponents by at least nine runs in six of seven games, including three shutouts.

The second game of the season for the Ragin Cajuns, against then top 25 Tulsa, resulted in a sixth inning mercy rule for a 19-4 win.

The Ragin Cajuns also went on to knock off No. 15 Michigan on February 25 — one weekend after the Wolverines shut out the Cats, 3-0.

The tournament will conclude for UK on Sunday with an 11:00 a.m. Eastern time meeting with the 4-11 Nicholls State University Colonels.