May 15, 2013 11:46 PM by LSUE Sports Information
The top-seeded LSU Eunice softball team cruised to an opening round win in their first game of the NJCAA National Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, using a six-run third inning on the way to a 12-4 victory to take down 16-seeded Murray State College.
"We came out ready to play. The first couple innings we had to make adjustments, she was an drop ball pitcher with not a lot of velocity, but we made the adjustments. We swung the bats well. We kept our momentum, and in the end we just out-slugged them," head coach Andy Lee.
In that third inning, the Lady Bengals (58-5) batted around and sent 10 girls to the plate to break open the game, highlighted by a two-run single from Brooke Clark, a two-run double from Ashley Subervielle and an RBI single from Pam Wainwright.
The inning was capped off by Codi Covington's three-run homer to straight away center field, the first of three home runs by the Lady Bengals on the day.
In the fourth inning, LSU Eunice added four more runs, first on a line drive, two-run shot to left-center field from Clark before Covington connected on her second homer of the day, this time a two-run shot, over the left field wall towards the parking lots.
Murray State scored their first two runs on a double in the fourth inning before plating their final two runs in the fourth inning.
The Lady Bengals loaded the bases with two singles and a walk in the bottom of the fifth before Wainwright's line drive RBI single plated the final run to end the afternoon early.
Clark, Subervielle (2 doubles) and Wainwright each finished 3-for-4, with Clark driving home three RBIs, Wainwright adding two RBIs and Subervielle driving home one run.
Covington finished with two hits - both homers - to collect five RBIs, while Brooke Thomas, Taylor Simon, Kelsey Hollier and Randi Vosburg each notched one hit.
In the circle, Brooklyn Guillot earned the win after tossing four innings and allowing three runs on three hits and two walks while racking up 10 strikeouts.
Elizabeth Delafield came on for the final inning, giving up one run on two hits, walking one and striking out one batter.
The Lady Bengals move on to play tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. against No. 9-seed Mercyhurst North East College, who improved to 44-10 on the year following their opening win against No. 8-seed Kankakee Community College.
Tomorrow's game, as well as all of the NJCAA Tournament, can be seen for free on NJCAA TV.