Softball: West has Record Day as No. 11 LSUA knocks off Langston

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Coyle, OK – No. 11 LSUA senior pitcher Marci West became the program’s all-time strikeout queen, setting a new career record from the circle as the Generals run-ruled Langston, 9-1 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Generals opened the scoring in the first inning, as Julinn Torres and Danelle Billings hit a pair of two-out doubles to put LSUA up 1-0 as Torres touched home plate.

Marci West’s moment came in the second inning as she struck out Sydney Rios for the second out of the inning to tie Megan Rowe’s record of 345 career Ks, then immediately broke it as she fanned Dionne Robinson to retire the side and set the new mark.

LSUA opened the game in the third inning. Gabbie Andrepont doubled in Brittany Barbay for a 2-0 score. Then, with two outs and Andrepont on third and Julinn Torres on first, Danelle Billings sent the second pitch she saw out of the park for her 15th home run of the season and a 5-0 Generals lead.

Langston got its lone run in the fourth as Cameron Jenkins hit a RBI single to make it 5-1. However, LSUA put the game on the brink in the top of the fifth with four more runs in the frame. Danelle Billings hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to left to score Jacy Ummel. Kimberly Gonzalez followed that with a single that scored Julinn Torres. Lauren Rachal capped things in a big way, sending the first pitch she saw out of the park for her first home run of the year, a two-run homer for the 9-1 score.

Marci West (17-4) threw all five innings, giving up just three hits and the one run, which was earned. She struck out five to finish the game with a new record 349 career strikeouts, while walking two. Julinn Torres was three of three at the plate and scored all three times she reached base. Danelle Billings was two of two at the plate with five RBIs in the contest.

LSUA (37-6, 20-1 RRAC) and Langston (14-25, 6-1 RRAC) finish the series with a doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 11:00 A.M.

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