River swept by LSU-E

EUNICE, La. — Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats were swept by reigning NJCAA national champ LSU-Eunice here Tuesday, dropping the first game 6-0 before falling 7-4 in the nightcap of the doubleheader.
            PRCC dropped to 4-5 overall, while LSU-E, presently ranked No. 4 in the latest NJCAA Division II softball poll, improved to 18-2.
            In the first game, Lady Bengal starter Julienne Broussard hurled a two-hitter en route to the shutout.
            After a scoreless first inning, LSU-E scored two runs in the bottom of the second, third, and fourth frames to collect the win.
            Broussard (4-0) got the win in going the distance, striking out nine and walking one; while starter Brittany LeBlanc (3-1) out of North Vermillion High in Maurice, La., picked up her first loss of the season. She also went the distance, giving up nine hits, striking out four, walking one, and hitting a batter.
            Emily Jackson out of Theodore High in Mobile, Ala., paced The River at the plate with a double; while Whitney Waits of Oak Grove High singled.
            Brooklyn Clark led LSU-Eunice’s nine-hit effort with two singles, while Kelsey Hollier homered, Suberville Asheley tripled, and Codi Covington, Emily Nolan, Taylor Simon, Randi Vossburg, and Pamela Wainwright all had base hits.
            PRCC committed three errors in the game to LSU-E’s two.
            In the nightcap game, Pearl River went scoreless for the first three innings, while LSU-E scored four in the first and two in the second. The Lady Wildcats rebounded with solo runs in the fourth and fifth and two in the sixth, while the Lady Bengals scored the game’s final run in the bottom of the sixth.
            Starter Brooklyn Guillot (5-1) got the win in going the distance, giving up six hits, striking out four, walking two, and hitting a batter; while PRCC starter Courtney Warr (0-2), another Theodore High recruit, got the loss in her two innings of action. Warr gave up eight hits and walked one before Neely McCrary of Petal High relieved in the third, giving up five hits, striking out three, and hitting a batter.
            Lewis led Pearl River at the plate with a home run, while Jackson doubled and Hillary Dickens of Picayune High, McCrary, Chelsea Page of Petal High, and Waits all had singles.
            Clark paced LSU-E’s 13-hit attack with a double and two singles, while Hollier had three base hits, Covington and Simon had two singles each, and Carey Alexis, Caitlen Blanchard, and Logane Fuselier all singled.
            The Lady Bengals committed two errors in the game to the Lady Wildcats’ none.
            PRCC returns to action Wednesday when Muskegon (MI) visits for a 4 p.m. doubleheader, while MACJC non-division foe East Mississippi visits Friday (originally scheduled for Thursday) for a 3 p.m. twin bill in Lady Wildcat Stadium.

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