LSU Eunice offense rallies late to secure World Series win vs. NOC-ENID

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Enid, OK – Hayden Mixon helped LSU Eunice erase a three-run deficit to jumpstart the Bengals offense in a 10-6 victory over NOC-Enid.  The LSUE (56-6) bats scored in each of its final five at-bats to help fend off an opportunistic Jets attack.

The home standing Jets gave a heavy NOC-Enid crowd plenty to cheer about after scratching three runs in the third inning.  The Jets connected on three hits and used one error in the frame.  LSUE went down in order its first two at-bats and left empty handed after three base running outs.

All of the momentum shifted in the Bengals’ favor an inning later.  After LSUE starter Andrew Sheridan sat NOC-Enid in order, the Bengals got the big lick they needed from Hayden Mixon.  After two walks and a single loaded the bases, Mixon uncorked a full count changeup off a lightpole in left field for the Grand Slam.  The home run chased Jets’ starter Rowdy Reihs.

LSUE pushed its lead to 6-3 an inning later with a opposite field two-run home run to a short porch in right field.  Fuller paced the Bengals’ 12-hit night with a 3-for-4 game, driving in two runs and scoring three times.

The Jets would cut into the lead twice, but each time LSUE would answer.  The Bengals’ lead was trimmed to 7-6 before LSUE reliever Austin Bradford helped stave off NOC-Enid by sitting the Jets down in order in the eighth.

A two-run bases loaded fielder’s choice by Cameron Horton and run scoring single by Evan Keller gave LSUE its 33rd double-digit output of the season.

Andrew Sheridan improved to 11-0 on the season after a five inning outing.  The freshman gave up four runs off four hits and two walks while striking out five batters.  Justin Barton and Landon Clifton both pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

LSU Eunice will now have a day off as they wait for the winner of Tuesday’s NOC Enid and Sinclair matchup.  The Bengals’ Wednesday match-up will be for the bracket final and could go to an if necessary game on Thursday should LSUE fall.  With a win, LSU Eunice will clinch a berth in the NJCAA Division II Championship Series.

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