PORT ARTHUR, Texas – The LSU at Eunice Lady Bengals split a doubleheader with Lamar State College here Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 11-8 decision to the Seahawks in the opener before cruising to a 9-1 victory in the nightcap.
The doubleheader marked Lamar’s first victory of the season, giving the Division I team a 1-34 overall record.
The Seahawks scored first in the bottom of the fourth, picking up four runs capped off by a two-run homer from freshman Kristen Botello.
LSUE (15-27) took the lead briefly in the top of the third; the Lady Bengals loaded the bases before Kami Hebert nailed a grand slam to tie the game.
The Lady Bengals loaded the bases again on two walks and a base hit before St. Edmund product Meredith Himel drew a walk to drive in the leading run.
But Lamar took advantage of an error in the second half to score a tying run.
Elizabeth Kaiser doubled in the top of the fourth to score Hebert, but the Seahawks scored four runs in the second half, on three hits and an error, to lead 9-6.
LSUE narrowed that lead by one run in the top of the fifth, when Amanda Savoie tripled and then scored when pinch hitter Kim St. Amant singled up the middle.
An error by Lamar’s third baseman in the top of the sixth allowed LSUE to add an eighth run, but Lamar added two insurance runs in the second half to seal the win.
Starter Fagan Willoughby took the loss for LSUE, giving up nine runs off of five hits and three walks in the first four innings of the game, while striking out one batter.
In the nightcap, Lamar took the lead with one run in the bottom of the first, but were held scoreless by pitcher Salea Willoughby and the Lady Bengal defense for the rest of the game.
LSUE lit up the scoreboard in the top of the third, when Cooper led off with a walk and scored on Hebert’s home run.
Bridget Waller doubled and then scored on Chastity Fontenot’s RBI double.
In the tip of the fourth, Jessica Cooper doubled to get on base before Hebert was hit by a pitch. Amanda Kaiser drew a walk to load the bases before Savoie doubled for 3 RBI.
The Lady Bengals added three more insurance runs in the top of the sixth, when Cooper and Savoie both singled, and Cooper scored on Waller’s base hit.
Fontenot then doubled to score Savoie and Waller.
Starter Salea Willoughby pitched the win, giving up one run off of five hits and two walks, while striking out two batter in six-and-two-thirds innings of play.
The Lady Bengals finish their season Monday with a doubleheader at home agianst Louisiana College, beginning at 3 p.m.