Apr 24, 2013 5:17 PM by LSUE Sports Information
Fresh off cracking the 50-win mark for the third consecutive season, the LSU Eunice softball team retained its' tight hold on the No. 1 ranking in the latest polls released by the NJCAA on Wednesday, while the Bengal Baseball team dropped out of the top spot into the No. 2 position for the first time all season.
In their final regular season poll of the season, the Lady Bengal softball team was the only team to receive first place votes, as this week's poll remained the same in the top five, with Phoenix College ranked second, before Kirkwood Community College, Crowley County Community College and Heartland Community College rounded out the top five.
The Lady Bengals are coming off back-to-back road doubleheader sweeps of Baton Rouge Community College on Monday and Pearl River Community College Tuesday to reach the 50-victory mark. This is the first time that they have eclipsed the 50-win mark in regular season play, passing the mark in Regional and World Series play the past two seasons.
Tuesday's wins at Pearl River also gave the Lady Bengals their 23rd-concecutive win, surpassing the mark set just earlier this season when they went on a 22-game streak.
Kelsey Hollier sits third in the country with 65 RBIs through Tuesday's games, while pitcher Julienne Broussard has tallied 23 wins on the season, sitting tied for second in the nation in that category.
The baseball Bengals, 39-8, had held the top position all season before dropping just below Des Moines Area Community College in this week's poll.
Both teams received four first place votes, but Des Moines edged out the Bengals by four voting points overall to become the new top team.
The Bengals previously fell out of the top spot last season, briefly falling to No. 2 in the April 25, 2012 poll before regaining the top spot the next week en route to winning their four National Championship.
In this week's poll, Western Oklahoma (No. 3), Heartland Community College (No. 4) and Frederick Community College (No. 5) round out the top five teams.
The baseball team is coming off of a road doubleheader sweep over Bossier Parish Community College on Tuesday afternoon.
Brady Domingue sits tied for the most wins in the country with 10 victories while Casey Rodrigue has 52 stolen bases to lead that category. Fellow Bengal Landon Thibodeaux is second in the nation with 41 steals as well.
Domingue also has tallied 83 strikeouts this season, the secong-most in the country. Stefan Trosclair's 45 RBIs are the eighth-most in the country in that category, while Garrett Deschamp sits ninth with 42 RBIs.
The Bengal baseball team returns to action this weekend with a three-game set against Baton Rouge Community College, with games Friday and Sunday in Eunice and a Saturday afternoon game in Baton Rouge.