Louisiana softball rallies late in extras to beat UNCW 3-1 in NCAA Tournament Regional

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Louisiana softball beat UNC-Wilmington 3-1 in an NCAA Tournament Regional elimination game with a walk-off home run in extra innings on Saturday.

The Seahawks broke up a perfect game and no-hit bid within two batters in the top of the seventh. A successful double steal tied the game.

In extra innings, Taylor Roman hit a two-run home run to seal the win in the 11th inning.

The Seahawks were no-hit by the No. 10 Clemson Tigers (41-15)in the first round of the regional. The Ragin' Cajuns (46-12) fell short 4-3 to the Auburn Tigers (40-16) without head coach Gerry Glasco.

Clemson scraped by Auburn 1-0 to continue to the championship game on Sunday. The Ragin' Cajuns will face Auburn in another elimination game (7:05 pm, ESPN+).

The winner of Auburn vs. Louisiana will face Clemson on Sunday at 11 a.m.

The first tournament appearance for the Seahawks came from an automatic bid from their first Colonial Athletic Association title. The Ragin' Cajuns also got an automatic bid after the SunBelt Conference title.

The matchup between the Seahawks and Ragin' Cajuns began as a pitcher's duel. Louisiana's Kandra Lamb went eight innings, allowing two hits, one run and 11 strikeouts. UNCW's Kara Hammock, CAA rookie of the year, dealt for 10 innings, allowing 14 hits, one run and striking out 11.

Late in extra innings, both teams went to the bullpen. Emily Winstead went into the circle for the Seahawks, giving up two hits and two runs in ⅔ of an inning. Schorman went in for the Ragin' Cajuns, allowing no hits, no runs and striking out three in three innings.

The Ragin' Cajun offense was without infielder Alexa Langeliers and pitcher Sam Landry for the second day in a row, both unavailable due to illness with no return timetable.

Louisiana made do with Melissa Mayeux leading the offense. The shortstop went 3-for-4 with a run scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth. She was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Roman finished 1-for-3 in the winning effort.

Emely Hernandez covers University of Louisiana-Monroe athletics and high school sports. Email her at ehernandez@thenewsstar.com and follow her on Twitter @emhernandeznews.

This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: UL softball beats UNCW 3-1 in NCAA Tournament Regional elimination game