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SS Julinn Torres takes a swing in the 1st inning vs. Davenport (photo credit: LSUA Sports Information)
SS Julinn Torres takes a swing in the 1st inning vs. Davenport (photo credit: LSUA Sports Information)
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Softball - Tue, May 30, 2017

Clermont, FL – For the first time in program history, #12 LSUA will play a fourth game in the 37th NAIA Softball World Series by tying the program's record for most wins in a season by shutting out #8 Davenport for the second time in the tournament, 2-0, to eliminate the Panthers Tuesday afternoon at Legends Way Ballfields.

NAIA SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES - ELIMINATION GAME
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 WP: West (26-5)LP: Maves (21-5) 
 

As it has in both of the previous games in the tournament, pitching and defense led the way for LSUA. The Generals got into early trouble as starting pitcher Madison Resch walked the first two batters of the game, however, she worked her way out of it by inducing an infield pop out, fielder's choice that erased the lead runner, and a strike out to retire the side without giving up any runs.

A base running mistake kept the Generals off the board in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Kaitlyn Eaves looped the ball into shallow left where Davenport shortstop Lauren French appeared to make a diving catch. However, the ball popped out of her glove and, in the confusion of whether the inning was over, Kimber Gruehl was caught between bases and tagged out before Kimberly Gonzalez could score.

The Generals did breach the scoreboard in the third inning, scoring both of their runs in the frame. Kennedy Beard was hit by a pitch to start off the inning. With one out, Julinn Torres dropped the ball inside the left field foul line for a double to move Beard to third, and then Davenport loaded up the bases by walking Danelle Billings. As she did in the previous games, PJ Leon came up clutch for LSUA, rolling the ball to the right side of the infield allowing Beard to come across to make it 1-0 Generals. Gabbie Andrepont kept the rally going as she solidly smacked a single into left to score Torres for the 2-0 score.

At that point, Marci West was brought into the game and kept the Davenport bats quiet. On this historic day for West, she only allowed two base runners, a two-out single by Kennedy Crawford and walked Briana Allen in the bottom of the fourth inning. She worked clean innings in the fifth, sixth and seventh to keep the Generals' season alive at least one more day.

West (26-5) got the win in relief of Resch, breaking the LSUA single season record for most pitching wins in a single season, which she set last season with 25. She threw the final four innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out five. Madison Resch threw the first three innings, also allowing only one hit with three walks and three strikeouts while picking up a no decision.

Gabbie Andrepont was LSUA's top hitter with two hits in three at bats with a RBI. PJ Leon also had a RBI.

"Madison [Resch] and Marci [West] are one heck of a pitching tag team in the circle and they were both big for us today," said LSUA head coach Jerry Breaux. "We needed both of them to be on their game to get the win today, and they were in a big way to shut out a very good Davenport squad for a second time in four days. Our two senior leaders, Ju Torres and Kim Gonzalez, both came up with key hits in the game. Overall, there is no quit in this team and that's a key factor as to why we're one of the last four teams remaining in the tournament."

With the win, the Generals (51-9) matched the 2015 team for most wins in a single season, while also marking LSUA's deepest run ever in the team's three appearances in the Softball World Series. It also matches this season's men's basketball team for deepest run by a LSUA team in a NAIA national championship tournament, both making it to be one of the last four teams standing in their respective tournaments.

The Generals look to stay alive, needing two wins on Wednesday to reach the Finals. In game one, LSUA will take on the #3-ranked Columbia Cougars in an elimination contest, scheduled for 3:00 P.M. CDT at Legends Way Ballfields. Should the Generals defeat the Cougars, then LSUA will turn around and immediately play at 6:00 P.M. CDT against the loser of Tuesday night's national semifinal game between #1 Oklahoma City and #14 Corban.