Tournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | Replay At her next at-bat in the fourth inning, Frederick blast a no-doubter to right-centerfield to double the Colonels lead. The Cowgirls tied it up in the fifth inning as first baseman Morgan Catron hit her third homer of the tournament in as many games, lifting one to left-field to score her and right fielder Justyce McClain.SB: Where’s Gwen Stefani for this “No Doubt” blast to right center? @Nicholls_SB up 2-0 thanks to this one from the bat of Kasey Frederick. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #GeauxColonels #GeauxPokes #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/NptFpG8Cdr— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 LAKE CHARLES, La. – A walk-off single to right-field from McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli sends the Cowgirls to the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. Piancastelli could not have picked a better time to tally her first hit of the contest than in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs. The four-time Southland Player of the Year drove pinch hitter Taylor Edwards home to give McNeese a chance to clinch a berth in its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament.SB: @McNeeseSoftball is headed to the Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship! The Cowgirls’ Erika Piancastelli delivers the walk-off single to end this one in eight innings. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/qN3VAQQPb0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 The back-to-back Southland tournament champion defeated No. 1 Nicholls 3-2 in eight innings Thursday to claim a spot in tomorrow’s championship, a 12 p.m. first pitch on ESPNU. The Colonels play the winner of No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 8 Sam Houston State at approximately 4 p.m. CT today for a spot in the title game. Nicholls’ leftfielder Kasey Frederick singled past the shortstop to gain the 1-0 lead in the opening frame of the game. The hit scored third baseman Jewel Lara who had doubled to left field on a 0-2 count. The Cowgirls came close to tying it in the bottom of the first when Piancastelli stole second and third after picking up the four-pitch walk. With runners on the corners, Piancastelli attempted to take home on a delayed steal but was caught. The game started off in favor of the top-seeded squad. McNeese had an opportunity to take the lead late in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, one out and returning to the top of the order. The Colonels’ Alexis LaBure, who had entered in for relief after starting pitcher Megan Landry went five innings, recorded the second out at home to get pinch runner Toni Perrin before striking out Piancastelli looking to get out of the jam. Nicholls put the pressure on in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs, but McNeese’s Alexandria Flores forced Lara to groundout to the shortstop for the third out to keep the score at two apiece. Flores tossed 107 pitches for the eight innings, registering six strikeouts and giving up six hits in the process. The win is her 18th of the year.
Leading luxury small ship cruising company, Aqua Expeditions, announced and celebrated the launch of Aqua Mekong, at Sydney restaurant Flying Fish last night.Already a successful luxury river cruise operator on the Amazon River since 2007, Aqua Expeditions will commence its first luxury cruise along the Mekong River on 30th September, on board Mekong Aqua, the luxury cruise operator’s first vessel in Asia.Already reporting strong bookings from both Australia and New Zealand, the journey along the Mekong River will take place between Cambodia and Vietnam on a seven night Expedition Cruise, four night Explorer Cruise and three night Discovery Cruise.“These will be important markets for Aqua Mekong and, as we anticipated, a number of bookings have come from guests who have travelled with us before on our Amazon cruises and are looking forward to this new boutique cruise experience on the Mekong,” Aqua Expeditions chief executive officer and founder, Francesco Galli Zugaro said. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Bringing Aqua Expeditions’ signature luxury style to the Mekong, Aqua Mekong is small enough to be intimate but equally as spacious and sophisticated as her sister ships, Aqua Amazon and Aqua Aria, with attention to detail right throughout, from the design and décor to the cuisine and service.Designed by Saigon based architectural firm Noor Design, Aqua Mekong offers 20 outward facing design suites, all featuring floor to ceiling windows and decorated in authentic Asian style with locally sourced materials.Aqua Mekong also features an Observation Deck, a river facing plunge pool on the Outdoor Lounge, a generous sized spa and fitness centre, library and screening room, and of course, exceptional cuisine thanks to renowned Australian Michelin-starred Chef, David Thompson, appointed as executive chef of Aqua Mekong.Check out the Aqua Mekong video here