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Softball - Fri, May 26, 2017

Clermont, FL – Senior pitcher Marci West took a perfect game into the fifth inning and collected her third complete game shut out of the postseason as the #12 ranked and 5th seeded Generals advanced into the winner's bracket in the NAIA Softball World Series for the first time ever with a 4-0 win over #8 and 4th seeded Davenport Friday evening at Legends Way Ballfields.

NAIA SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES - FIRST ROUND
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 WP: West (25-5)LP: Teunissen (24-5)
 

After West got Davenport up and down in order in the top of the first inning, LSUA took the lead in the bottom half of the frame. Jacy Ummel led off with a walk, and was still on first base after the second out was recorded. Lauren Rachal drew a walk of her own to advance Ummel to second base, and then PJ Leon came through with a two out, RBI single into left field to put the Generals on top 1-0.

LSUA expanded the lead in the third inning. After the first two batters got out, Leon found the gap in left-center to put herself on second base. Gabbie Andrepont came up right behind her and dropped the ball behind the left fielder's reach for a double of her own, which scored Leon and make it 2-0.

The Generals continued to claw the Panthers, scratching another run across in the fourth. Kimber Gruehl led off the frame with a triple to the wall in the right-center gap. Two batters later, Jacy Ummel smacked a pitch into center field to score Gruehl for LSUA's third run.

In the sixth, Kennedy Beard laid down a grounder that got just to the right spot on the right side of the infield for her to reach first safely as the Davenport second baseman couldn't cover first in time. After being sacrificed over to second, it was Billings who came through. She smacked the ball into the dirt and got just enough of a hop on it to get passed the shortstop and into center field, allowing Beard to score the game's final run.

The win from the circle was Marci West's 25th of the season, tying her own LSUA single season record which she set last season. West (25-5) threw a complete game shutout, her 20th complete game and seventh shutout on the season, allowing just two hits and only three base runners, with the third getting on via a fielder's choice by beating out a potential double play, and striking out five Panthers.

Danelle Billings and PJ Leon were the lone multi-hit batters for LSUA, both getting a pair of hits in the contest with both also collecting RBIs. Jacy Ummel and Gabbie Andrepont also each had a RBI.

"I'm proud of how our team came out, took the momentum early and really dictated the game," said LSUA head coach Jerry Breaux. "Marci [West] was outstanding and [LSUA pitching coach] Robbie [Tate] called a great game and it resulted in another shutout. Our team has stepped up in big game after big game this season, and today was no different. Our motto this whole season has been 'Be Great', and they certainly were today."

#12 LSUA (50-8) hit the 50-win mark for the second time in the program's ten year history, and is one win away from tying the 2015 team for most wins in a single season. Today's win was LSUA's second ever in the NAIA Softball World Series and first to keep the Generals in the winner's bracket. The only other World Series win for the Generals came in an elimination contest in the 2015 Tournament. LSUA hopes to pull closer to a National Championship in the winner's bracket game on Monday where they'll face the winner of Saturday's game between #1 Oklahoma City and #20 Southern Oregon. First pitch for Monday's game is set for 5:00 P.M. EDT/4:00 P.M. CDT at Legends Way Ballfields.