By Tom Dodge
FULTON, Mississippi – The No. 2 LSU Eunice Lady Bengals suffered a heart-breaking extra inning 6-5 loss to No. 4 Jones County Junior College in the Region 23 winner’s bracket final.
Jones County (48-3) advanced to Saturday’s championship and with the win earned a berth in the NJCAA Division II national tournament that begins Wednesday in Clinton, Mississippi.
The loss forced the Lady Bengals (45-17) to an elimination game against either Itwamba Community College (41-10) or East Central Community College (35-13).
By Tom Dodge
LSUE honored nine sophomores with a pair of wins Friday over Baton Rouge Community College in their final home doubleheader.
Lady Bengal pitcher Heather Zumo pitched a complete-game shutout as LSUE rolled to a 6-0 win in the opener.
Zumo struck out five, walked one and allowed seven hits over seven innings.
LSUE jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, begun when Mima Doucet and Madison Monson both singled and Emily Henderson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball will make the 50-minute trip east to Baton Rouge on Wednesday to face LSU in the first round of the NIT as the official 2018 bracket was released Sunday night.
Tipoff will be set for 6 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Louisiana (27-6), the No. 6 seed and Sun Belt Conference regular-season champion, will make its first appearance in the NIT since 2003 and its sixth trip overall. The Ragin’ Cajuns advanced to the NIT Final Four in 1984 after earning wins
Ragin' Cajuns Rise Into Top 20 of Both National Polls
LAFAYETTE – On the strength of a 5-0 season-opening weekend, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball made a significant move in the first regular season edition of both the USA Today/NFCA poll and ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
Louisiana moved up six positions from its preseason ranking in the NFCA poll, climbing into the Top 20 at No. 16.
In the ESPN/USA Softball ranking, the Ragin’ Cajuns rose five spots from their preseason selection and into the Top 20 at the No. 19 slot.
LSU Eunice announced it will be adding three more sports to its varsity sports roster. Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic school year, the Bengals will field a men's basketball team as well as men's and women's soccer.
The additions bring the total number of varsity athletics to six. LSUE competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and are members of Region 23, comprising of schools in Louisiana and Mississippi.