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NAIA Championship Roundup: LSUA softball finishes third nationally
Softball - Thu, Jun. 1, 2017

CLERMONT, Fla.– (Box Score) (Bracket) LSU Alexandria came up short in the 2017 NAIA Softball World Series, but the Generals reached higher than any RRAC softball team in the previous 19 years. LSUA was a game away from a spot in the championship game when they lost to Corban University (Ore.), 4-2 on Thursday. They placed third, which was the best finish in school and conference history. 

Earlier in the day, the fifth-seeded Generals stayed in contention for the title with a 6-4 victory over second-seeded Columbia College (Mo.) with the continuation of a game that started on Wednesday at Legends Way Ballfields. LSUA ace Marci West improved to 3-0 during the World Series, throwing 6.1 innings. West allowed one unearned run on six hits, striking out five and walking one. West threw the first six innings, then re-entered in the seventh to record the final out.

The LSUA 1-2-3 hitters (Jacy Ummel, Julinn Torres, Dani Billings) combined to go 6-for-9 with three RBIs and a walk. The Generals scored two runs in the first and two in the second to take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the inning, getting a two-run double from Gabby Andrepont, and an RBI single by Ummel.
Torres of LSU Alexandria finished the game with two hits, an RBI, two runs scored, and had an assist and two putouts at shortstop.

In the semifinal game against Corban, the Generals got on the scoreboard first in the top half of the sixth inning with consecutive doubles by Billings and PJ Leon to give the Generals a 2-0 lead. LSUA starting pitcher Madison Resch retired the first 10 hitters she faced until allowing a bunt single. In the bottom of the sixth, she surrendered a three-run homer that gave Corban the lead. 

LSUA completed the season with a school record 52 wins and just 10 losses.