Farmers Branch, TX – #12 LSUA got two runs in the first inning and the pitching of two-time Conference Pitcher of the Year Marci West made it stand-up as the Generals collected their third straight Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, defeating the Houston-Victoria Jaguars 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Oran Good Park.
After the Jaguars went up and down in order to start the game, LSUA got two base runners on immediately via free passes. Julinn Torres came up and made Jaguar pitcher Michelle Revels pay for her early failures to find the strike zone by locating a pitch that was in the zone and taking it out to the gap in left-center field for a double that scored both Gabbie Andrepont and Jacy Ummel for the game's only runs.
Marci West was on her mark for LSUA to start the game, getting the Jaguars up and down in order in each of the first three innings to take a perfect game into the fourth inning. That was broken up by a Savannah Crittenden, who hit a lead-off double. She was sacrificed over to third, but West was able to keep her there, striking out a batter and inducing a pop out to retire the side and keep the shut out intact.
LSUA seemed to blow the game open in the bottom of the fourth as the Generals loaded the bases with two outs. Gabbie Andrepont put one down the line, seemingly for a bases clearing triple and a 5-0 LSUA lead, but after a long discussion, the umpires ruled it a foul ball and the inning ended two pitches later with no runs being scored. The Generals had another chance to expand the lead in the fifth as they loaded the bases with one out, but again the Jaguars were able to get out of the jam.
Meanwhile, West continued to motor through the UHV line-up, allowing just 1 base runner in each the fifth and sixth before getting the Jaguars up and down in order in the seventh to clinch the title.
Marci West (22-5) was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player and Pitcher and member of the All-Tournament team after throwing her second complete game shut out of the tournament, and sixth of the season. She allowed just three hits and one walk in the game while striking out six Jaguar hitters.
Kennedy Beard was LSUA's lone multi-hit batter of the game, going two of three at the plate. Julinn Torres's lone hit of the game plated both runs to give her a game-high two RBIs. Torres was also named a member of the All-Tournament team, as well Danelle Billings, Kimberly Gonzalez and Jacy Ummel, along with West.
"This team plays big in big games," said LSUA head coach Jerry Breaux, who claimed his fourth Conference Tournament Championship as a head coach, two in the Heart of America Conference with Evangel University and now has two at LSUA in the RRAC. "Marci [West] and Julinn [Torres] led the way as seniors. West was outstanding in the circle and Torres was clutch at the plate. The team was focused, making it an awesome and fun three days."
LSUA has now improved to 9-0 in three RRAC Tournament appearances, claiming all three titles. In total, LSUA has won four straight titles, dating back to winning the 2014 Association of Independent Institutions Tournament before joining the RRAC.
The 12th-ranked Generals (47-8) now wait to see who will join them in Alexandria for the NAIA National Championship Tournament Opening Round. The Alexandria Bracket will be a four team, double elimination tournament that will run from May 15-17 at Generals Field. The full 40-team field, along with the three other teams coming to Alexandria, will be announced Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. on the NAIA Network. The winners of the ten Opening Round brackets will head to Clermont, Florida for the 37th Annual NAIA Softball World Series May 26th to June 1st.
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