OKLAHOMA CITY - Louisiana-Lafayette might be a bit off the beaten path in the college sports landscape. However, it felt like home to freshman Ashley Brignac.
And after leading the Ragin' Cajuns to a big-time upset in her Women's College World Series debut, Brignac has Lafayette back on the map.
Brignac (31-6) struck out a career-high 15 batters and Holly Tankersley hit a solo home run to center field off NCAA wins leader Stacey Nelson in the eighth inning as the Ragin' Cajuns upset top-seeded Florida 3-2 Thursday.
"Nobody else probably expected us to win this game, but we knew we had the best chance to win it," Brignac said. "If we stay together, we fight and we believe, we're going to go out and get our job done."
Nelson (45-4) had allowed only one other homer in 3162/3 innings this season and entered with the nation's third-lowest ERA (0.73).
"This is a double-elimination tournament. You can't have the attitude that if we lose one, we'll lose another," Nelson said. "Through the season, even though we haven't lost a lot of games, there's been games where we've been behind and we've been able to come back. I think our team has a lot of character in that respect."
The Ragin' Cajuns advance to face Texas A&M today. Florida (67-4) plays Virginia Tech at noon Saturday.
Brignac gave up two-out RBI doubles to Corrie Brooks in the second inning and Aja Paculba in the fourth inning.
TEXAS A&M 1, VA. TECH 0: Fifth-seeded Texas A&M (55-7) scored in the sixth when Virginia Tech (49-18) third baseman Charisse Mariconda threw wildly to first on Megan Gibson's grounder, allowing pinch-runner Andrea Tovar to score from second.
ARIZONA STATE 3, ALABAMA 1: Lesley Rogers doubled in Kaitlin Cochran with one out in the seventh, then came around to score the winning run on Mandy Urfer's two-run double as Arizona State (62-5) rallied to beat Alabama (56-7).