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CF Jacy Ummel Scores in the 1st inning vs. Columbia (photo credit: LSUA Sports Information)
CF Jacy Ummel Scores in the 1st inning vs. Columbia (photo credit: LSUA Sports Information)
Softball - Thu, Jun. 1, 2017

Clermont, FL – After a rain delay kept the Generals from finishing their trip through the elimination bracket on Tuesday, #12 LSUA advanced to the national semifinal by beating #3 Columbia 6-4, but fell in the semifinal to Corban 4-2 Wednesday at Legends Way Ballfields.

NAIA SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES - ELIMINATION GAME
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5LSU Alexandria (La.)220101061018<
2Columbia (Mo.)01000034917 
 WP: West (27-5)LP: Welch (23-5) 

LSUA jumped out on top of the tournament's second-seed quickly in a game that started Wednesday afternoon. In the top of the first inning against #3 Columbia, Jacy Ummel led off with a single and Julinn Torres drew a walk to give the Generals two on with no one out. Gabbie Andrepont made sure they would come in as she hit a two-out double to the left field that scored both Ummel and Torres for an early 2-0 lead.

The Generals doubled the lead in the second inning, starting with two free bases as Kimber Gruehl led off with a walk and Kimberly Gonzalez was hit by a pitch. After they were moved up a base by Kennedy Beard's sacrifice bunt. Jacy Ummel did what she needed to, hitting the ball right back up the middle to bring up Gruehl, and then a bobble on the throw back into the infield allowed Gonzalez to come in to make it 4-0 Generals.

Columbia pulled one back in the bottom half of the frame as Julianna Waldner hit a two out single and moved to second as the throw back to the infield went wild. She moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Rachel Sullivan's single for a 4-1 LSUA lead through two complete.

LSUA got that run back in the fourth inning as Kennedy Beard reached first on a passed ball after striking out with one out. Beard was moved over to second on Jacy Ummel's sacrifice bunt and came around as senior Julinn Torres singled her in for the 5-1 Generals lead. After a scoreless bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth, the game was suddenly halted in the bottom of the inning as thunderstorms moved in and the fields were rendered unplayable for the rest of the evening.

Back at it early Thursday morning, the Generals quickly ended the Cougars fifth inning and extended the lead in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Julinn Torres and Danelle Billings hit back-to-back doubles, with Billings knocking in Torres for a 6-1 lead heading to the final inning.

Columbia was able to get three runs across as LSUA went to the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh inning, but starter Marci West reentered with two outs and shut the door on the Cougars, inducing a pop out in foul territory to move the Generals into the semifinals.

Marci West (27-5) threw 6.1 innings over two days and two appearances in the circle in the game. She allowed one run, which was unearned, walked one and struck out five. Kasey Cazares threw two-thirds of an inning and was credited with one strikeout, one walk and three earned runs.

The top of the LSUA line-up got the job done at the plate, as LSUA's first three hitters in the order, Jacy Ummel, Julinn Torres and Danelle Billings, each had a pair of hits and a RBI apiece. Gabbie Andrepont also had a pair of hits with a game-high two RBIs.

NAIA SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES - SEMIFINAL
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5LSU Alexandria (La.)00000202504 
6Corban (Ore.)000004X4815<
 WP: Boyd (23-5)LP: Resch (16-3) 

With a trip to the World Series Finals on the line, LSUA's Madison Resch and Corban's Allie Mendez got involved in a pitching duel, throwing up zero after zero on the line score. Julinn Torres would single in the first and be LSUA's lone base runner until the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Resch was on point in the early part of the game, taking a perfect game into the fourth.

Resch got in a bit of trouble in the fourth, loading the bases with two outs, but would induce a pop out PJ Leon in foul ground to retire the side. She also found herself in a jam in the fifth as a pair of singles put runners on the corners with one out. A squeeze bunt attempt rolled right to Leon up the third base line, who flipped it to catcher Kaitlyn Eaves for the tag out at home to keep the Warriors off the scoreboard. Another pop out to Leon got the Generals out of the pickle and kept Corban scoreless.

LSUA finally broke through in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Julinn Torres drew a walk, and one pitch later, she was on her way home as Danelle Billings found the right-center gap and it rolled all the way to the fence for the RBI. With Jessica Hampton replacing Billings on the base paths, the LSUA lead was doubled on the next pitch as PJ Leon also doubled to the right-center gap to score Hampton and give the Generals a 2-0 lead.

But it was not to be for LSUA as one timely hit did the Generals in. After a lead-off double, Sam Woodley hit a RBI single to pull the Warriors within 2-1. After a fielder's choice got the inning's second out, a single put runners on first and second. That's when Corban third baseman Raimee Sluder put a dagger in the heart of the Generals, driving a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left for a three-run home run to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead.

With their backs against the wall, LSUA started the seventh inning off well as Kimber Gruehl led off with a single. But with one out, Gruehl strayed too far away from first base on a fly out to center and was doubled up back at the bag to end the game and LSUA's historic season.

Madison Resch (16-3) went the distance in the game giving up eight hits and four runs, all earned, with one strike out and no walks allowed. Kimber Gruehl was LSUA's lone multi hit batter, going two of three at the plate. Danelle Billings and PJ Leon each had a RBI in the contest.

"What a magical season it's been," said LSUA head coach Jerry Breaux. "We knew we had a special bunch and they made it happen. This crop of seniors has left a positive, lasting legacy, leading this program to two World Series appearances. The younger players got a taste of this big stage and I'm sure that'll help keep the torch burning. We couldn't have asked for a better way to cap off the celebration of the tenth year of our program,and the LSUA athletic department as a whole, breaking numerous records, including a new mark for wins in a single season. It really was a spectacular season."

The Generals (52-10) broke the program's single season record for wins in a season, besting the 2015 team's mark of 51. That 2015 team was the only other Generals team to pick up a win at the Softball World Series, getting one victory before bowing out. This year's squad finishes 3-2 in the World Series and third overall in the tournament.