UL softball outlasts Auburn 4-3 in NCAA regional, advances to final against Clemson

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After a walk-off home run to stay alive, Louisiana softball defeated Auburn 4-3 on Saturday night in the NCAA Clemson Regional elimination game.

The rematch against the Tigers for the regional final appearance was set for 35 minutes after the conclusion of the elimination game between Louisiana and UNCW.

The Tigers (40-16) pounced first, jumping on the board with a two-out, RBI single by Nelia Peralta in the first for a 1-0 lead. They added another run in the top of the second. The Ragin' Cajuns (46-12) came back to tie the game with solo home runs from Melissa Mayeux and Jourdyn Campbell in the bottom of the second and third innings, respectively.

The game was broken open by two-run home run to center by Stormy Kotzelnick in the bottom of the fifth.

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The Ragin' Cajuns will take on No. 10 Clemson on Sunday (11 a.m. CT, ESPN+) for a chance to advance to a super regional. UL will have to beat Clemson twice to advance to the best-of-three round, with the super regional winners advancing to the Women's College World Series.

The Tigers beat the Ragin' Cajuns 4-3 in the first round.

The Cajuns fell to the losers bracket and beat UNC-Wilmington (32-15) 3-1 with a walk-off, two-run home run from Taylor Roman. Auburn fell to Clemson 1-0 on Saturday.

In the rematch with the Tigers, Louisiana-Lafayette was led by pitcher Meghan Schorman. After she came in to close the UNCW game, she jumped into the circle and threw for seven innings, allowing seven hits and three runs with six strikeouts.

The Ragin' Cajuns were led at the plate by Kotzelnick, who went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Mayeux went 1-for-3 with a home run and Campbell finished 1-for-3 with a home run.

The Tigers were led by Kelsey Schmidt who went 3-for-3 with a run. Peralta went 2-for3 with an RBI.

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

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