SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Top-seeded LSU Alexandria started NAIA Softball World Series play on Saturday with a 10-9 loss to Concordia University (Ore.) at Elizabeth and Irving Jensen Softball Complex. The Generals surrendered three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning including a bases-clearing double by Kate Santos to close out the game. The loss put an end to LSUA's 41-game winning streak and sent the Generals into a match-up with University of Mobile (Ala.) on Monday at 1 p.m.
LSUA took the lead, 9-7, in the top of the ninth on a two-run single by Paulean Gonzalez after tying the game in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Kimberly Gonzalez. The teams traded the lead after the Generals built a 4-0 edge in the first two innings with a two-run homer by Kelsey Hollier. Leadoff hitter Brooke Thomas was 3-for-6 in the game, and Hollier was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Generals. Kimberly Gonzalez, Paulean Gonzalez and Hollier collected two RBIs each.
WACO, Texas – As the individual who keeps LSU Shreveport's student-athletes tuned up and on the playing field, Lance Champagne has played a key role in the success of the Pilots. His passion for the teams he serves and for his profession have earned Champagne the 2014-15 RRAC Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.
Given annually, the award recognizes an NATA-certified athletic trainer from the RRAC who has distinguished themselves as a model of the profession in personal conduct and professional allied health service to student-athletes. The selection is determined as a peer vote with all conference athletic trainers voting.
SHAWNEE, Okla. -- After fighting through three elimination games, LSU Shreveport finally succumbed to host Oklahoma Baptist University with a 17-12 loss in the title game of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Friday. The 13th-ranked Pilots finished the season with a 46-14 record.
LSUS built a lopsided 11-2 lead thanks to a nine-run sixth inning and were on their way to forcing an "if necessary" game when OBU got to the Pilots' bullpen and outscored LSUS, 15-1, the rest of the way. In the Pilots' big inning, Alex Montero launched a solo homer over left field, and Reed Lavallee connected on a three-run shot, his second in two days. Kym Barthel contributed a two-run triple as well.