EUNICE, La. – The roller coaster start to the 2018 season continues for No. 1 LSU Eunice after a fourth consecutive doubleheader split. The Bengals took Game 1 with ease 9-1, before falling in a shootout 12-9.
The Bengals and RoughRiders will play another doubleheader in Eunice starting at 9:00AM. Both games can be seen online on Bengals All-Access at www.lsuebengals.net.
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Coming into this weekend's series, head coach Andy Lee wanted to see his Bengals strike on offense earlier in games.
He got his wish.
No. 1 LSU Eunice plates seven runs in the first inning en route to a 9-1 run-rule victory over Crowder College in the opener of a four-game series.
The first seven Bengals reached base safely including Madison Monson's two-RBI triple to start the scoring. Ally Howard and Darian Doucet each drove in runs while McKenzie King and Doucet scored on passed balls.
Zumo (3-1) had arguably her most impressive outing of this early season. The freshman pitched the full five innings striking out a season-high 10 batters while scattering one run off five hits and issuing two walks.
After quieting down for three innings, the Bengals got back on the board thanks to Lexi-Jo DeBarge. The freshman drove in a pair of runs to initiate the run-rule after Darian Doucet and Kelci Bodin both reached on one-out singles.
The Bengals let a 6-1 after three innings slip as the RoughRiders produces a pair of five-run frames in a 12-9 LSUE loss.
LSU Eunice, again, exploded out of the gates with a four-run second inning. Mima Doucet tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI single then Ally Howard produced a bases loaded 3-RBI double. Doucet and McKenzie King had back-to-back RBIs in LSUE's next at-bat to make it a 6-1 Bengals lead.
Crowder took advantage of LSU Eunice mistakes in the fourth. The RoughRiders loaded the bases after a pair of walks and fielder's choice. Kaeleigh Crutchfield walked in the first run of the frame, hit the following batter and allowed a bases clearing double to tie the game at 6.
LSUE momentarily regained the lead after a Mima Doucet RBI single, her third of the game. The sophomore was one of three LSUE batters to collect a three-hit game, joined by King and Ally Howard. Howard produced a team-high 4 RBIs.
Disaster struck again for the Bengals an inning later thanks to another bases loaded threat by Crowder. LSUE loaded the bases with two walks and an error, while Crowder capitalized with a two singles and a sacrifice to plate five more and take an 11-7 lead.
LSU Eunice used all four of its freshmen pitchers in the setback.