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CF Jacy Ummel slaps a single in the 1st inning vs. OCU (photo credit: LSUA Sports Information)
CF Jacy Ummel slaps a single in the 1st inning vs. OCU (photo credit: LSUA Sports Information)
(1)Oklahoma City University
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Softball - Mon, May 29, 2017

Clermont, FL – The 5th-seeded Generals went toe-to-toe with the country's top team, but one dribbler into the outfield proved to be enough for the top-seeded Stars as Oklahoma City rallied past LSUA 2-1 Monday at the 37th Annual NAIA Softball World Series at Legends Way Ballfields.

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 WP: Wall (31-1)LP: Resch (16-2)

The Generals proved early that they had the defense to stand with the NAIA's top team, ending the top of the first inning by keeping a run off the board. OCU had runners on the corners when McRae Cayton started heading for second, but as Kaitlyn Eaves launched the ball to try and gun down Cayton, Madison Ellis took off from third. Aware of the situation, Kennedy Beard cut the throw off and fired it back to Eaves who blocked the plate and applied the tag for the third out of the frame.

LSUA scratched its run in the bottom of the second inning. PJ Leon led off the frame with a double that was just inches from clearing the fence for a home run. After a passed ball by the OCU catcher moved her to third, Kimberly Gonzalez came through with two outs by poking a pitch just beyond the reach of the Stars shortstop in shallow left field to score Leon and put the Generals up 1-0.

Defense continued to shine for LSUA as Gabbie Andrepont wiped off at least a double and potentially a home run by snagging a ball while up against the wall in the third inning that kept the lead-off batter off the base paths. Jacy Ummel flashed the speed and leather as she saved a base hit by snaring a sinking liner to get the first batter off in the top of the fourth inning.

Even when starting pitcher Madison Resch got in trouble by loading the bases with nobody out in the sixth, it looked like the defense was going to pick her up. Laci Joyner appeared to tie the game with a sacrifice fly out to right field, but Kimber Gruehl showed off the power in her right arm by firing the ball to the plate and again Eaves blocked the plate perfectly and tagged out Jaci Smith for the double play.

However, with runners on second and third, Amanda Ingram came up big for the Stars by punching a pitch up the middle just out of the reach of Julinn Torres, scoring both Madison Ellis and McRae Cayton as Cayton got in just before another strong throw from the outfield could claim another victim at the plate.

From there, the Stars (66-1) kept the Generals bats quiet as LSUA couldn't muster a rally to keep from falling into the elimination bracket.

"Oklahoma City proved why they're the top team, getting just enough offense to get the job done," said LSUA head coach Jerry Breaux, "but we feel we matched them in every other way except in the final score. Madison [Resch] pitched a great game and Kaitlyn [Eaves] saved two runs with great plays at the plate. I can't say enough about our outfielders tonight as they caught seemingly everything hit out that way, including plays that kept at least one or two runs off the board for them, and PJ [Leon] continues to swing a hot stick. I think tonight proved we can hang with anyone in the NAIA, sending a message to those who may not have thought we deserved to be a top 10 team."

Madison Resch (16-2) threw a complete game, allowing six hits with both runs being earned and half of her hits allowed coming in the decisive sixth inning, striking out one and walking two. PJ Leon had half of LSUA's hits in the game, going two of three at the plate. Kimberly Gonzalez picked up LSUA's lone RBI.

LSUA (50-9) now falls into the elimination bracket, with the daunting task of now having to win five games over the next three days to win the NAIA National Championship. The Generals will meet up with their first round opponent again, Davenport, in Tuesday's elimination game. The Generals beat the Panthers 4-0 on Friday, but Davenport (49-9) has kept its season going by logging a pair of wins since. First pitch between the Generals and Panthers is set for 1:00 P.M. EDT/12:00 P.M. CDT at Legends Way Ballfields.