Feb 3, 2014 9:52 PM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice softball team picked up right where it left off last season, opening the 2014 schedule with three wins on day one of the Galveston College Tournament on Monday afternoon.
Fighting cold temperatures and high, gusting winds, the Lady Bengals (3-0), ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II Softball preseason poll, used solid pitching from three freshmen and offensive production from sophomores to grab the three victories - beating Alvin Community College 5-2 before a 2-0 shutout over San Jacinto Community College and a 3-0 win over tournament host Galveston College, ranked No. 7 in the Division I preseason poll.
"Anytime you play three games in a day, it's a challenge. Especially when it's 42 degrees and windy. It shows we have some tough kids that can battle through the elements. I was really excited about the pitchers. I think some of the bats came through and showed. I really learned a lot about my team today," head coach Andy Lee said.
In the opening game against Alvin, freshman pitcher Kayla Davidson earned her first collegiate win after tossing five innings and allowing just four hits and two runs along with two walks and a strikeout. Sophomore Elizabeth Delafield came on for the final two innings, earning the save after allowing just one hit and striking out two batters.
Sophomores Brooklyn Clark and Emily Nolan (2B), along with freshman Raven Cole, each finished with two hits, while sophomores Codi Covington, Ashley Subervielle, Carey Alexis, Morgan Tauzin (2B) and Caitlen Blanchard, and freshman Taylor Boulet each recorded one hit.
Clark, Nolan, Cole and Blanchard all drove home an RBI.
The Lady Bengals jumped ahead from the start, with Covington and Boulet beginning the game with back-to-back walks before Clark delivered an RBI single to open the scoring and Nolan brought home the second run.
They added a third run in the third inning when Nolan opened the frame with a double and scored on Cole's RBI single before using a double steal to plate their fifth run in the fourth inning. The final run came in the fifth inning on Covington's sacrifice fly.
In the second game against San Jacinto, Destin Vicknair tossed a three-hit shutout while striking out five batters and allowing just one runner past second base for her first win.
Clark again led the way with two hits - adding an RBI - while Covington, Boulet and Nolan (RBI) notched a hit each.
Covington doubled in the bottom of the first inning before Clark ripped a run-scoring double of her own two batters later to give the Lady Bengals a lead they would not give up. They added their second run in the sixth inning when Boulet led off with a single before scoring two batters later on Nolan's RBI single.
In the final game of the day against Galveston, it was Cole's turn in the circle, as she turned in a one hit, one walk complete game performance while striking out seven batters.
Boulet, Clark and freshman Ginny Daggett recorded the only three hits for LSU Eunice, all coming in a span of four batters in the fifth inning.
Knotted at zero until the top of the fifth, Daggett doubled down the left field line before advancing to third base on a passed ball and later scoring in the pitches later after Galveston's pick-off attempt went into left field to give the Lady Bengals the lead.
Two batters later, Boulet singled before Clark delivered a two-run homer over the left-center field wall to give Cole all the run support she would need.
The Lady Bengals are scheduled for three more games tomorrow in day two of tournament action. All three games will be available on Bengal All-Access.
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