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Louisiana College splits softball doubleheader with No. 8 ETBU

PINEVILLE, LA - The Louisiana College softball team picked up a huge doubleheader split with #8 East Texas Baptist, falling in game one 3-2 before capturing game two by a 5-2 final score.

LC would get on the board first in game one, as Stephanie Jaeger hit a first inning single and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. The Lady Wildcats would make it 2-0 in third inning when Chelsea Allen drove in Emorie Nugent with an RBI single to centerfield.

ETBU would tie things up in the top of the fourth inning, however, as Lacy Liles would hit an RBI triple to left center field and then come around to score when Sara Clements got caught in a rundown between first and second.

The Tigers would grab the lead for good in the seventh when Maranda Westbrook hit a shot to left field that was misplayed by LC’s Meggie Burkett. Westbrook would end up at second base before Alyssa Romero drove her in with an RBI double to make it 3-2.

LC senior pitcher Leslie Eastham took the loss in game one to fall to 7-3.

A five run third inning and a dominant outing from freshman relief pitcher Madison Vigé propelled LC to a 5-2 win in game two.

The Lady Wildcats went without a hit through the first two innings off of ETBU starting pitcher Tawny Hank and fell behind early 2-0 before getting RBI singles from Emily Douglas, Courtney Ivey, and Laura Gulotta-Parrish to take a 3-2 lead.

LC rightfielder Emorie Nugent then delivered the knock out blow, as her two RBI single to right field scored Ivey and Gulotta-Parrish to make it 5-2.

That was all the run support Vigé would need, as the freshman from Denham Springs High School was outstanding in relief of starter Nancy Bunting.

Vigé held the Tigers, one of the nation’s top hitting teams who came into the day hitting .364 as a team, to just one hit over 4 2/3 innings of work to earn the win.

The split twinbill moved LC’s record to 17-6 on the year, 9-5 in ASC play. The Lady Wildcats will be off until April 6 due to spring break. They will take on Millsaps on the 6th in Jackson, MS in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.