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LSU-Eunice dethrones Phoenix for second DII softball crown
 May 18, 2013


CLINTON, Miss. – This time last season, the LSU-Eunice softball team was heading into the locker room after dropping back-to-back games to Phoenix College (Ariz.) in the NJCAA DII Softball National Championship. Saturday at Traceway Park, the Bengals avenged last year’s title-round defeat with an 8-0 victory over the Phoenix Bears for their second national championship.

LSU-Eunice freshman pitcher Julienne Broussard delivered seven solid innings of work to earn a complete-game shutout of the Bears. The right-handed hurler held Phoenix to just five hits and struck out one batter in the effort. Broussard was named Pitcher of the Tournament after compiling a 0.89 ERA – allowing two earned runs in 20 1-3 innings of work. The freshman recorded 19 strikeouts, pitched two complete-games and earned three wins in her four appearances.

Freshman outfielder Ashley Subervielle got LSU-Eunice on the board with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. Batting .412 (7-for-17) with two doubles and a home run in the tournament, Subervielle was tabbed Most Valuable Player.

The Bengals added some insurance in the bottom of the sixth by tacking on six more runs. Sophomore third baseman Kelsey Hollier got things going with an RBI single to give LSU-Eunice a 3-0 lead. Freshman first baseman Emily Nolan extended that advantage to 5-0 with the Bengals’ second two-run home run of the afternoon. LSU-Eunice went up 8-0 with a three-run triple by freshman outfielder Codi Covington (right) who went 3-for-5 on the day.

Covington earned Most Outstanding Offensive Player after batting for a .600 average (9-for-15) with a triple and three home runs. The first-year player added 11 RBIs and four runs scored to her totals. Bengals manager Andy Lee was named Most Outstanding Coach, while Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors went to Cowley County CC (Kan.) sophomore infielder Colby Dresher.

With their program just beginning play in 2005, LSU-Eunice already has two NJCAA DII championships after winning their first crown in 2011. The Bengals become only the second school to win multiple NJCAA DII titles including Phoenix who has raised the trophy eight times in their program’s history.

Dominating the competition in their first two games of the tournament, LSU-Eunice scored a first round 12-4 win against Murray State (Okla.) and a second round 19-1 victory over Mercyhurst North East (Pa.). The Bobcats then defeated Region 23-rival Jones County JC (Miss.) in the third round, 8-2. In the semifinal round, the Bengals clashed with Phoenix for the first time in the tournament and walked away with a 6-1 win.

The Bengals capped off their 2013 season with a 61-5 record and eight consecutive wins. LSU-Eunice won 34 of their final 35 games on the year. With the defeat, Phoenix fell to 48-16 for the season.

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