Softball Wins National Championship
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
NORMAL, IL - The LSU Eunice Lady Bengals won the 2011 NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship with a 10-0 win over Owens Community College in the national championship game here Saturday.
This is the first national title for the team who started collegiate play in 2005.
In a rematch with Owens (43-4), who the Lady Bengals beat 6-0 on Friday in the third round of the tournament; LSU Eunice (58-10) jumped out to a 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning off a Haley McCall home run and then added runs in the second and third innings before tacking on three insurance runs in the sixth inning.
Tina Schultz pitched a shut out and McCall was 3-for-4 for the Lady Bengals.
The Lady Bengals set an NJCAA National Tournament record, shattering the team batting average. LSU Eunice hit .424 in the tournament. They also set a tournament record with a .992 fielding percentage.
Top-ranked and top-seeded Eunice defeated Cecil Community College 14-0 in round one, then went on to knock off South Mountain 7-6, Owens 6-0 and Kankakee 12-7.
Haley McCall was named Tournament MVP. Sam Bella was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Tina Schulz earn Most Outstanding Pitcher honors. Three Lady Bengals were named to the All-Tournament Team. Schulz, McCall and Chaney Trahan joined nine other players on the tournament squad. Andy Lee was named NJCAA Division II Coach of the Year.
LSU Eunice made a short-lived appearance in the 2009 NJCAA National Tournament, their first in school history.