ENID, Okla. — The top-ranked LSU Eunice baseball team took two wins over Western Oklahoma State College on Saturday, 14-2 and 16-1, to win the NJCAA Division II World Series.
It was the Bengals’ fifth national championship.
The Bengals trailed 10-1 against the Pioneers in the fourth inning of the first game before coming back to force the winner-take-all finale. The rally was sparked by two home runs from David LaFleur that led to a 10-10 tie in the top of the eighth.
Down 12-10 in the ninth, LaFleur’s sacrifice fly brought in Brennan Bozeman. Madison Nickens doubled and scored on a wild pitch with two outs to tie the game at 12. RBI hits from Jordan Romero and Trey Caswell gave the Bengals the winning margin.
“It says a lot about the character of the kids as they were down 10-1 in the first game and no one in the stadium expected us to win except for the guys in our dugout,” Bengals coach Jeff Willis said. “We were down to one strike, and we tied the game on a wild pitch. But that shows as long as there is an out left on the board you have a chance to win.”
LSU Eunice scored in six of eight innings in the second game, including four runs in the second and five in fifth inning.
Ben Braymer pitched eight innings, striking out 12 with four hits and one walk to earn the win.
NJCAA DIVISION II WORLD SERIES
At Enid, Okla.
Western Oklahoma 16, Catawba Valley 5, 8 innings
Frederick 14, Lincoln Land 6
UConn-Avery Point 3, Madison 2
Kellogg 5, North Iowa Area 1
LSU-Eunice 5, Scottsdale 4
Catawba Valley 10, Lincoln Land 9, 10 innings, Lincoln Land eliminated
Northern Iowa 11, Madison 1, 6 innings, Madison eliminated
Kellogg 4, UConn-Avery Point 3, 10 innings
Catawba Valley 9, Northern Iowa 0, Northern Iowa eliminated
Western Oklahoma 9, Frederick 1, 7 innings,
UConn-Avery Point 8, Scottsdale 5, Scottsdale eliminated
LSU-Eunice 8, Kellogg 1
Catawba Valley 11, Frederick 2, 7 innings, Frederick eliminated
UConn-Avery Point 12, Kellogg 10, Kellogg elimnated
Western Oklahaoma 5, LSU-Eunice 2, 10 innings
LSU-Eunice 16, UConn-Avery Point 14, 13 innings, UConn-Avery Point eliminated
Western Oklahoma 9, Catawba Valley 3, Catawba Valley eliminated
LSU-Eunice 14, Western Oklahoma 12
LSU-Eunice 16, Western Oklahoma 1
LSU-Eunice wins World Series