EUNICE — LSU-Eunice mapped a path to the Division II NJCAA World Series with the help of two crucial defensive plays at home plate Saturday night.
The Bengals threw out Hinds County base runner Tyler Cox twice during the first three innings as catcher Jordan Romero for the third out both times.
LSUE’s 6-0 win in the championship game of the Region 23 tournament enabled the Bengals (43-9) to advance to the world series in Enid, Oklahoma, where they were the 2013 runner-up.
Hinds (42-7) entered the tournament as the top-ranked team in Division II. LSUE, which also defeated Hinds 10-6 on Friday night, was the No. 2 team.
LSUE grabbed a 1-0 first-inning lead after first baseman Steve Sensley singled and scored following a pair of Austin Sanders wild pitches and a passed ball.
In the third Cox doubled to lead off, but he was thrown out at home by left fielder Cade Stone, who fielded a single by leadoff hitter Quade Smith and then fired to Romero who tagged a sliding Cox.
Then in the fifth Cox was tagged again as he attempted to score from first on a single.
This time Stone fielded the ball, threw to rshortstop Brennan Bozeman, who relayed the throw to Romero who again caught Cox attempting to score.
LSUE scored two more runs off the Eagles in the sixth off a Romero lead off double and a pair of consecutive hits from Bozeman and Stone.
Then in the third the Bengals experienced their most productive inning off Sanders, who pitched six and two thirds innings.
A Sensley double scored two runs and then he crossed the plate on a Will Watson single.
LSUE started Southern Mississippi signee Sam Walley.