Softball, Baseball Ranked No. 1 in National Polls
For only the second time in the history of LSU Eunice athletics, both baseball and softball are ranked a top the NJCAA national polls released this week.
Softball was ranked eighth in the NJCAA pre-season poll, but jumped to No. 1 after the first season poll was released Wednesday. With a 33-6 record, the best winning percentages in Division II Softball, the Lady Bengals vaulted over perennial powerhouses like Phoenix College and Highland Community College.
Leah Andrus, a pitcher for the Lady Bengals, is ranked second in the nation in pitching. She has a 0.89 ERA and is 9-1 on the mound for LSU Eunice. Tina Schulz is ranked fifth in the nation in strike outs with 86 in just 82.2 innings pitched.
Hayley McCall is second in the country in RBIs. She has 43 RBIs in 118 at bats, just seven off South Mountain's Tahlissa Blosser's 50 RBIs.
Baseball takes over the No. 1 ranking in the second NJCAA Division II Baseball Poll of the 2011 regular season. The defending Division II Baseball champions are off to a 24-5 start. Frederick Community College (Md.), who owned the No. 1 ranking in the March 16th poll, falls to No. 2.
The Bengals have several players in the national rankings as well. Kaleb Manuel is ranked nineth in the country on the Save Leaders list. He has record five saves in ten games.
Matt Richard is fourth in the nation in Stolen Bases with a stolen base percentage of .450, stealing 21 on 22 attempts in 26 games. Two LSU Eunice players appear in the top ten in the nation in Fielding Percentage. Zac Hawkins and Stuart Turner earned the seventh and eighth spots on the national stats list. Hawkins is seventh with a fielding percentage of .994 and Tuner is eighth with a percentage of .994, as well.
The last time the two teams were ranked No. 1 in the country at the same time was in April of 2010.
Softball travels to Texas this week to take on Blinn College, who were ranked No. 1. in the Division I pre-season polls. They currently sit in the No. 8 spot.
Baseball with host a weekend stretch with Baton Rouge Community College. BRCC is currently 24-7 on the year.