Feb 21, 2014 11:47 PM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team collected nine hits and used seven North Central Texas College errors to take a 10-2 victory in the opening game of the team's three-game weekend series on Friday night.
The Bengals (9-1) plated a single run in the opening inning before scoring multiple runs in the third, fourth and eighth innings in the win. North Central Texas (8-4) helped LSU Eunice by committing seven errors on the night.
"We had nine hits, but I thought for the most part we had a very lackluster performance (offensively). That game was actually a lot closer than the score. They had some miscues that they aren't going to have tomorrow. That ballgame could have very well been notched up, tie game coming in late if they make plays they are capable of making, that they are going to make tomorrow and Sunday," head coach Jeff Willis said.
The top three hitters in the LSU Eunice lineup - Derek Herrington, Brennen Bozeman and Stefan Trosclair - combined to finish the night 6-for-11 at the plate, driving in seven RBIs and scoring five runs.
Herrington (2-3) collected a double, walked twice and scored three times while driving home two RBIs, while Bozeman notched four RBIs and Trosclair added one RBI as each finished 2-for-4.
Tyler Chapman (1-5, RBI double), Gabe Roberts (1-3, run) and Ralphie McDonald (1-4, run) were the only other Bengals to tally hits in the game.
Herrington opened the bottom of the first inning with a double before scoring pitches later on Bozeman's sacrifice fly to plate the first run of the night before Bozeman drove home his second run with an RBI groundout in a third inning that also saw Trosclair collect an RBI single.
The fourth inning saw Herrington and Bozeman notch back-to-back two-run singles as the Bengals plated four in the inning but left the bases loaded at the end of the frame.
In the eighth inning, LSU Eunice tacked on their final runs of the night when Herrington scored on a North Central Texas error, Kyle St. Pierre (0-2, walk) brought in a run with an RBI groundout and Chapman added his RBI double into right-center field.
Left-hander Chad Reeves improved to 4-0 on the season with his five innings of work on the mound, allowing just two hits and one run while walking two and striking out five batters.
Jevin Huval (2 innings, 1 unearned run, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts) and Hayden Marze (2 innings, 2 strikeouts) combined to wrap up the final four innings of work.
North Central Texas plated their first run in the fifth inning, using a single, a hit batsman and bakck-to-back walks by Reeves to get on the scoreboard before their second run came in the eighth, scoring via a Bengal error.
LSU Eunice and North Central Texas continue their series tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Tomorrow's game can be seen on Bengal All-Access.