Give her credit. Angelina College head softball coach Chrystal Vega isn't afraid of picking on the big gals.
The Lady Roadrunners hosted the nation's fourth-ranked junior college team, the LSU-Eunice Lady Bengals, Wednesday at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. The result may not have earned the Lady ‘Runners any scoreboard victories, but the games certainly earned the Lady Roadrunners a little more respect.
AC dropped a pair of hard-fought games to the Lady Bengals, falling 7-4 in eight innings in the opener and 4-1 in the nightcap. In the first game, the Lady Roadrunners held a 3-1 lead heading into the seventh before the Lady Bengals struck for two runs to tie the game and send it to an extra frame. In the top of the eighth, LSU-E tacked on a game-clinching four runs for the win.
The Lady Roadrunners bounced right back in the nightcap, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. LSU-E tied the game in the third, and AC nearly answered in the bottom half when Sam McCord and Taylor Sells reached on singles; however, the Lady ‘Runners couldn't get the big hit to drive in the runs.
In the fifth, Lady Bengal Cat Danos blasted her first homer of the season, a two-run shot over the left-field wall for a 3-1 LSU-E lead. Great defensive plays by Brittani Stone, Sam McCord, Lauren Davis and Kayla Johns kept the damage to a minimum; but Lady Bengal pitcher Heather Abshire kept AC off the base paths. AC's Brittney Smith pitched well in relief of Debi Risenhoover, but the Lady Bengals tacked on an unearned run in the sixth to take the 4-1 win and the sweep.
AC will host Coastal Bend Friday in a conference matchup scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.