May 11, 2013 2:49 PM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice softball team finished the second day of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament with a win in their opening game before losing later in the evening to set up an elimination game tomorrow morning.
The Lady Bengals (54-5) used a home run barrage to beat Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 10-0 in their early afternoon game before turning around and falling 5-4 to Jones County Junior Collegein the nightcap to push LSU Eunice into the win-or-go-home situation.
Tomorrow morning's game will be a 10 a.m first pitch against Pearl River Community College, who lost their second round game to Jones County early Friday afternoon before knocking out Mississippi Gulf Coast in an elimination game later in the evening.
During the regular season, the Lady Bengals swept a pair of doubleheaders against Pearl River, with home wins (6-0, 7-4) in late February before going on the road 18 days ago and leaving with a sweep (4-3, 7-5) at Pearl River.
The winner of tomorrow's LSU Eunice-Pearl River game will punch their ticket to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, as Region 23 sends two teams to the national stage.
The winner also advances to tangle with Jones County again, needing two wins over JCJC to win the Region 23 title.
"We win one and we are in the World Series. But our mission is to play all day tomorrow and take three (wins)," head coach Andy Lee said.
"We are going to have go out there early and keep swinging the bats like we have and pitchers are going to have to make adjustments. If it's our day, then it's our day and we continue our season another week," Lee added.
Tomorrow's game against Pearl River will be on Bengal All-Access and KVPI 92.5 FM.
In their first game of the day, the Lady Bengals wasted no time in jumping ahead of Mississippi Gulf Coast, using Kelsey Hollier's three-run homer in the top of the first inning to grab a lead they would never let go of.
They added to the lead in the third when Emily Nolan and Brooke Clark connected on back-to-back solo homers to open that inning before a Nolan RBI single in the fourth, coupled with some MGCCC errors, pushed the game to its final score.
Brooke Thomas led the way offensively, finishing 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Nolan, Codi Covington and Ashley Subervielle (2 RBI) each had two hits.
Julienne Broussard tossed the opening three innings (zero hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts) before Elizabeth Delafield finished off the final two innings (1 hit) for the Lady Bengals.
Just over 30 minutes after their win over MGCCC, LSU Eunice started their game against Jones County, with the Lady Bengals taking the early lead in the top of the second inning when Nolan and Clark again connected on back-to-back solo homers to center field.
Jones tied the game with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning before the Lady Bengals responded and plated a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jones answered back, opening the inning with a leadoff solo home run before seeing a runner reach on an illegal pitch that was followed by a two-run homer to give Jones the one-run lead they would hang on to.
Clark finished with three hits in the loss, while Nolan added two hits. Covington, Taylor Simon and Pam Wainright each tallied one hit.
Broussard was saddled with the loss, allowing six hits and all five runs in five-plus innings of work while walking two and striking out five batters.