FARMERS BRANCH – The LSU-Alexandria Generals scored a pair of first-inning runs Sunday and made them hold up to claim their third straight Red River Athletic Conference softball title with a 2-0 win over the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars.
The Jaguars, who defeated Our Lady of the Lake 2-1 earlier in the day to advance to the championship game, ends the year with a 33-19 record.
Savannah Crittenden (SR/LaPorte, TX), who has missed most of the season with a broken ankle, returned for the championships and made her appearances pay dividends.
Crittenden belted a leadoff walk-off home run to start the bottom of the eighth to edge OLLU 2-1 putting the Jaguars into the title game and a rematch between the top two seeds.
Julinn Torres' two-run double in the first would be all the Generals (47-8) would need to claim the title after limiting the Jaguars to just three hits.
After picking up the win in relief in the opening game, Michelle Revels (SO/Corpus Christi, TX) was tagged with the loss against the Generals. She worked two innings allowing two runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out one. Haley Beam (SR/Pearland, Texas) tossed four scoreless innings giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out one.
With their backs to the wall and needing a win to reach the championship game the Jaguars struck early against OLLU.
Crittenden singled to center and moved to third on a two-out single to right by Hockenbury. Beam then beat out an infield single scoring Crittenden for a 1-0 lead.
OLLU struck right back with their lone run of the game in the top of the second.
The scored remained until Crittenden slammed a 0-1 pitch over the center-field fence for the game-winner.
Revels (10-10) worked six scoreless innings allowing two hits and three walks, while striking out four.
Named to the all-tournament team for the Jaguars were Crittenden, Hockenbury, Beam and Revels.