Poplarville , Miss. — The LSU-Eunice baseball team is heading back to the NJCAA Division II World Series after it posted a 5-0 victory against host Pearl River Community College in the Region 23 tournament championship game Saturday night.
The defending national champion Bengals (48-8) will face Lackawanna (Pa.) College (40-19), the champion of Regions 19-20, in the World Series opener at 9 a.m. Saturday in Enid, Okla. The 10-team, double-elimination tournament runs through June 1.
LSUE scored three times in the first inning, giving pitcher Zac Person more than enough support. Person posted his ninth win, allowing four hits and six walks while striking out four in 8.2 scoreless innings.
Landon Thibodeaux was 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Stefan Trosclair and Garrett Deschamp each added two hits and an RBI.
“Our guys played with great poise and confidence,” LSUE coach Jeff Willis said.
Thibodeaux put the Bengals on the board with a two-run double to left-center field in the first before Deschamp followed with an RBI single. The Bengals added single runs in the fourth and eighth.
Pearl River (41-14) had its best chance in the ninth when Person walked the bases loaded, but Ryan Domingue came on to end the threat and clinch LSUE’s World Series berth.
JACKSON STATE CLAIMS NCAA BID: In Fort Worth, Texas, Alex Juday allowed two runs and nine hits in a complete game on his way to tournament MVP honors as Jackson State beat Prairie View A&M 6-2 on Sunday to claim the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Jackson State (33-20), the East Division champion, capped its unbeaten run in the tournament by eliminating the Panthers (27-27), who knocked out West Division champion Southern on Friday. Judy struck out nine while throwing 128 pitches in his second complete game of the tournament.
In the fourth, Bryce Taylor’s double scored Gary Thomas to give Jackson State the lead. Ethan Bright followed with a single that scored Thomas to make it 2-0.
After Greg Salcido’s solo homer for Prairie View cut the lead in half in the fourth, Jose Cruz pushed Jackson State’s lead to 4-1 with a two-run single in the fifth. JSU added single runs in the sixth and eighth before PV set the final margin with a run in the ninth.
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