May 15, 2014 11:39 PM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice softball team grabbed a 12-2 victory over Scottsdale Community College on Thursday afternoon to advance to the third round of the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, moving on to face Des Moines Area Community College at noon on Friday.
Against Scottsdale, the Lady Bengals (60-2) collected 11 hits and saw multiple program records broken in the win, as Emily Nolan knocked two home runs in the game to give her 20 this season, passing Rhea Person (19 homers, 2009) for the most in a single season, while Brooklynn Clark's two hits today gave her 93 total hits this season, moving her past Chasity Fontenot (91 hits, 2009) for the most hits in a single season.
"They are special individual records, but as a team we stepped up offensively and made adjustments and had big hits. We get to rest up now, so that was a big win. We just have to keep taking it game by game," head coach Andy Lee said.
Nolan finished 3-for-4 Thursday, tallying seven RBIs, while Clark (2 RBIs), Destin Vicknair (2 doubles, RBI) and Ginny Daggett all collected two hits, while Taylor Boulet (1-4, double) added two RBIs and Carey Alexis also tallied a hit.
Vicknair improved to 27-1 this season with the win, tossing six innings and allowing four hits and two runs (1 earned run) while walking two and striking out three batters. Her 27 victories are tied for the second most in the country.
LSU Eunice jumped on the board first in the top of the third inning, as Boulet's 2-run double got the scoring started before Clark notched an RBI sinlge and Vicknair added to the lead with an BRI double.
Scottsdale used a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead in half before the Lady Bengals pushed ahead for good in the fifth on Nolan's first homer, a three-run shot, to center field, while they added to the advantage with a five-run sixth that was highlighted by Clark's RBI single and Nolan's grand slam down the left field line.
The Lady Bengals will take on Des Moines Area Community College on Friday afternoon at 12 noon. A win would push them into a 4 p.m. contest later on Friday.
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