ELLISVILLE, Miss. — LSU Eunice avoided elimination in the NJCAA Division II Region 23 tournament Friday, using an eight-run fifth inning to move past East Central Community College.
The Bengals had five players record multiple hits; Stefan Trosclair led the attack with two hits and four RBIs, including a double and a home run.
Tyler Chapman saw both of his hits go for doubles as he collected three RBIs, while Jordan Romero (homer, two RBIs), Ray Veit (two doubles) and Brennan Bozeman (RBI) all notched two hits.
Left-hander Ben LeBlanc earned his third win after tossing 2.1 innings of relief, allowing just two hits with a strikeout.
Starter Will Bacon did not factor into the decision after allowing four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings.
East Central jumped to a four-run lead in the fourth, using four hits, including an RBI single and a two-run single, to take the advantage before the Bengals cut into the deficit in the bottom of the inning on Romero’s solo home run to left field to lead off the frame.
Down three, LSU Eunice took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth when it posted the eight-run inning, highlighted by Chapman’s three-run double, a two-run double from Trosclair, RBI singles from Bozeman and Romero and a sacrifice fly from Walley.
NJCAA South Central regional tournament
DELGADO OPENS WITH PAIR OF WINS: In Neosho, Missouri, Delgado began NJCAA Division I South Central district regional play in dramatic fashion, defeating Seminole State College of Oklahoma 4-3 on a single in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday afternoon, then topping Crowder College 3-2 on Friday night.
Delgado (42-10) will face Seminole State at 1 p.m. Saturday; a win sends the Dolphins to the Junior College World Series. A loss would force a decisive game Sunday.
In the ninth inning of the first game, Cole Freeman reached base on a walk , stole second base and scored on Cody Ducote’s single.
Seminole State scored the game’s first run in the second inning on Eric Peterson’s sacrifice fly that brought home Joel Davis. Brandon Cuddy’s double in the fourth scored Craig St. Louis, who reached on a single.
Delgado tied it with a pair in the sixth. Austin Barrois was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and later scored on an RBI double by Jordan Caillouet, who then scored on a wild pitch.
In the eighth, the Seminoles had four consecutive singles to move ahead 3-2. In the bottom of the inning, Delgado’s Troy Lewis homered with two outs to tie it again.
In the nightcap, Brooks Vial went the distance, allowing nine hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out seven. Cole Freeman and Cody Ducote drove in sixth-inning runs to put Delgado ahead.
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 12, NORTHWESTERN STATE 4: In Hammond, Southeastern erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning to put away Northwestern State in a Southland Conference game.
Southeastern (32-23, 17-12) reached the midpoint of the game tied, 2-2, with Northwestern State (31-23, 19-10).
A homer by Andrew Godbold gave the Lions the lead for good in the fifth. Jacob Seward led off the inning with a double to right-center and moved up to third base when Jameson Fisher was retired on a ball that glanced off Northwestern State starting pitcher Josh Oller (3-2).
Oller recovered enough to continue on the mound but served up Godbold’s eighth home run on the next batter. The Demons replaced Oller with left-handed reliever Joey Parrack, but Brett Hoffman greeted him with a single to right.
Following Hoffman’s single, Parrack hit Daniel Midyett with a pitch and walked Sam Roberson to load the bases. Kennon Menard drove in Hoffman with a sacrifice fly to center, giving Southeastern a 5-2 lead.