Softball: No. 11 Generals on cusp of title with sweep

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Coyle, OK – No. 11 LSUA took one big step to clinching the Red River Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship by finishing off the three-game series sweep of Langston by taking both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader, 13-2 and 11-2, putting LSUA one win away from clinching the title.

The scoring started with two outs in the first inning as Julinn Torres put the first run on the board with a solo home run, her ninth of the season. After an error allowed Danelle Billings on base, Kimberly Gonzalez made it pay off with a RBI single that made it 2-0.

Two-out runs kept coming in the second inning. With two down, Jacy Ummel doubled to score both PJ Leon and Kaitlyn Eaves. A Julinn Torres RBI singles scored Ummel and the Generals led 5-0.

However, Langston picked one off in the bottom of the second inning as Rylee Wilson hit a RBI single to make it 5-1. But the Generals got that run back in the top of the third as an error allowed PJ Leon to score. LSUA expanded the lead in the fourth with two runs. Danelle Billings hit a sacrifice fly that scored Gabbie Andrepont, and then a Kimberly Gonzalez RBI single scored Jacy Ummel to make the score 8-1.

LSUA looked to secure the run rule in the sixth inning as Andrepont led off the frame with a solo shot, her second home run of the season, for a 9-1 score. But the Lions got that run back in the bottom of the frame on Angelique Council’s RBI single that forced the game into its last scheduled inning.

Then Generals took put a stamp on game one with four runs in the seventh. Jacy Ummel drew a walk with the bases loaded that forced in Alicia Owens. Julinn Torres singled in both Alexes Sepulvado and Gabbie Andrepont. Danelle Billings closed the scoring with a RBI double that plated Ummel for the 13-2 score.

Madison Resch (12-1) threw four innings and gave up just two hits and one run, which was earned. She struck out two and walked one. Kasey Cazares finished the final three innings and gave up three hits and an earned run. She struck out four and walked one. Julinn Torres was three of four at the plate in game one and was credited with four RBIs. Jacy Ummel knocked in three runs.

Game two started quickly for the Lions as they got both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning. Alessia Gallegos hit a RBI single, and then a RBI double by Cameron Jenkins knocked her in to give Langston a 2-0 lead.

But LSUA started applying pressure in the second inning as Lauren Rachal’s RBI double scored Danelle Billings to make it 2-1 Lions through two complete. The Generals took control in the third inning as Billings put four runs on the board in one swing of the bat as she hit a grand slam for her 16th home run of the season to make it 5-2 Generals through three complete.

LSUA blew the game open in the fourth with yet another quartet of runs. Jacy Ummel opened the scoring with a RBI single that scored Kennedy Beard. Danelle Billings would later double in Ummel. Kimberly Gonzalez rolled one to the right side that allowed Julinn Torres to touch home. Lauren Rachal drove in the final run of the frame with a RBI single that scored Billings for a 9-2 LSUA lead.

The run-rule became a possibility in the fifth as LSUA plated two more runs to get over the eight-run limit. Julinn Torres hit the ball to third base and Kennedy Beard beat the throw home. As Langston tried to gun down Torres who was going to second, Olivia Farmer took off for the plate and scored as well for the 11-2 score. Marci West got the Lions up and down in order in the fifth to put the run rule in play and clinch the sweep.

Marci West (18-4) threw another complete game, allowing five hits and two runs, both earned. She struck out three and didn’t walk any Lion batters to collect her eighth straight win in the circle. Julinn Torres, Danelle Billings and Lauren Rachal all had three hits in the game with Billings collecting a game-high five RBIs.

LSUA (39-6, 22-1 RRAC) now stands one win or Houston-Victoria loss away from clinching the Red River Athletic Conference regular season championship. The Generals hope to get that on Friday as they travel to Hawkins, Texas to take on Jarvis Christian. First pitch for the Friday doubleheader is set for 2:00 P.M. at Lady Bulldog Field.

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