Lady Indians take on top-ranked LSU-Eunice in Region 23 opener

By Adam Gore/ICC Sports Information Department

FULTON – The ICC Lady Indians will take on No. 3 seed and No. 1 ranked LSU-Eunice Lady Bengals in the opening round of the NJCAA Region 23 softball tournament today at the Traceway Parks in Clinton.

The Lady Indians (28-22) enter as the No. 6 seed and the only North Division team to qualify for the double-elimination tournament.

Earlier this season ICC dropped a 6-5 decision to LSU-Eunice (47-8) in the Pearl River Tournament after the Lady Bengals scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning to hold off the surging Lady Indians.

“We’re going to have to play at the top of our game. Everybody (in the tournament) has very good teams and we are going to have to play our best,” said two-time All-Region 23 selection CeCee Austin.

Lara Andrews and Lakin Wigginton each had a pair of hits in the one-run loss.

“We’ve got to play our game and we’ve got to make the routine plays,” said third-year head coach Chad Case. “You make mistakes against a team like LSU-Eunice and they’ll make you pay for them.”

“We’ve been working really hard and working as a team to get ready for Eunice and to get ready for the tournament all together because there are going to be a lot of good teams down there,” said All-Region 23 honorable mention selection Rachel Tally.

“We have the stuff to win. We’ve just got work hard and have fun to be able come together as a team,” said freshman pitcher Becca Rogers.

The Lady Indians earned an automatic bid to the NJCAA Region 23 tournament after winning their first-ever North Division Championship.

The winner between ICC and LSU-Eunice will take on No. 2 seed East Central at 5:00 p.m. Thursday while the loser will face elimination against the loser of the No. 1 Pearl River and No. 4 Gulf Coast or No. 5 Co-Lin game at 10:00 a.m. Friday.

The Region 23 Champion and Runner Up will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament to be held May 20-22 in Normal, Illinois.