ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Taking the long road to the title, LSU Alexandria won the 2019 RRAC Softball Championship. The third seed in the tournament, the Generals played seven games over four days including two consecutive championship game victories today over Texas A&M-Texarkana at Generals Softball Field.
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Along the way, LSUA knocked four teams out of the tournament while surviving five straight elimination games. The Eagles gave LSUA their only loss of the tournament on the first day. TAMUT had a shorter path to the championship games with a bye in the first round and two wins. In the end, the Generals secured their fourth tournament title in the last five years.
LSUA pitcher Abbey McMillian earned the tournament MVP award with five wins and a microscopic 0.29 ERA. She was the winner in the final game, and she led all pitchers with 16 strikeouts. The Generals' Lauren Rachal was named to the all-tournament team while leading all hitters with five RBIs. LSUA's Sierrah Anderson and Ryleigh Rutherford had four RBIs each.
LSUA earned a berth in the NAIA Softball Championship Opening Round, and they should be joined by RRAC regular season champion Houston-Victoria.
Championship Game #1: LSUA 7, TAMUT 1
Needing a win to force a second game, the Generals went to work at the plate. After TAMUT loaded the bases and picked up a run on an error in the first inning, LSUA scored four in the bottom half. Rachal, Daniel, and Ryleigh Rutherford drove in runs and Rachal scored on a fielder's choice. The Generals would pound out 11 hits in the game including a fourth-inning solo homer from Anderson and a run-scoring double from Daniel as the lead grew to 6-1. Ryleigh Rutherford and McKell Marble combined on a three-hitter to shut down the Eagles.
Championship Game #2: LSUA 3, TAMUT 1
In what was shaping up to be a pitcher's duel, the Generals got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Emily Daniel was hit by a pitch then two other Generals singled to load the bases. The next batter, Hayley Tidwell, singled to center to drive in two runs for the 2-0 lead. The Eagles put two runners on base in the first inning but rarely threatened to score. Their only run of the game came on a home run from Hannah Cooper in the top of the sixth to cut the lead in half. Sierrah Anderson drove in a run to extend LSUA's lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth then relief pitcher Ryleigh Rutherford forced three ground ball outs to wrap up the title.
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