Mar 24, 2014 12:14 AM by LSUE Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team rallied back from an early five-run deficit for an 11-8 victory on Sunday afternoon against visiting Delgado Community College.
The Bengals (21-5), ranked second in the NJCAA Division II poll, used a five-run fifth inning and a four-run eighth inning to fuel the comeback as they finished with 16 hits in the finale to win the series, taking two of the three contests over Delgado (25-4), ranked second in the NJCAA Division I poll.
Trailing Delgado by one heading into the eighth inning, the Bengals would plate four runs on four hits, scoring on a squeeze bunt by Stefan Trosclair to tie the game before an RBI double from Tyler Chapman and a two-run double from Gabe Roberts added extra insurance runs.
Mason Nickens (RBI) and Chapman (double, RBI) each finished with three hits to pace the offense, while Kyle St. Pierre (2 doubles, 2 RBIs) and Derek Herrington (double, RBI) each notched two hits.
Trosclair (double), Jordan Romero and Roberts (double) all collected two RBIs while finishing with one hit, while the Bengals also saw Brennan Bozeman, Ray Veit and Madison Nickens (triple) each record a hit as well.
Jevin Huval, the third LSU Eunice pitcher of the afternoon, earned his third win of the season after tossing two shutout innings of relief before Sam Walley notched save No. 7 with a three-strikeout ninth inning.
Starter Zach Hamilton (2 innings, 5 hits, 5 runs (3 ER)) did not factor into the decision, as lefty Ben LeBlanc gave the Bengals four innings of middle relief (6 hits, 3 runs (2 ER), 4 strikeouts) as they clawed back into the game.
After seeing Delgado post five runs in the first two innings, LSU Eunice got on the board with a run in the third inning when Madison Nickens opened the frame with a triple before scoring moments later on Herrington's RBI double down the left field line.
Delgado would plate two more runs in the top of the fourth inning to push their advantage to 7-1 heading into the fifth, when the Bengals scored five runs on five hits to get back into the ballgame, highlighted by an RBI single from Mason Nickens, an RBI double from Trosclair, a two-run double from St. Pierre and a successful squeeze bunt from Romaro to plate the fifth run.
The visitors would use an LSU Eunice error to add a run in the top of the sixth to push the lead to 8-6 before the Bengals plated a run of their own in the seventh when St. Pierre doubled and scored on Romero's RBI single to set up the eighth inning.
The Bengals hit the road for a midweek doubleheader at Centenary College on Wednesday afternoon before a Texas roadtrip that includes a weekend series at Tyler Junior College on Saturday and Sunday and a contest at Panola College on April 1.
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