Oct 31, 2012 10:20 PM by UL Sports Information
A four-run rally in the fourth inning lifted the Bayou Boys out of an early deficit and to a 4-2 victory over the Swampers in Game 2 of the UL Baseball Fall World Series, landing the squad the series prize - The Omaha Cup.
Seminole State College transfer Ryan Wilson delivered two RBI in the four-run fourth and later wrapped up the Omaha Cup clinching victory with back-to-back strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh inning to notch the save.
The win added 100 points to the Bayou Boys' total in the Omaha Cup race, increasing their lead to an insurmountable 1,500-1,150 with only one game remaining in the Fall World Series (Game 3 worth 150 points).
The Bayou Boys and Swampers will play Game 3 of the Fall World Series beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. The game marks the final opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate players in "game situations" before fall practice comes to a close on Saturday.
Freshman Brenn Conrad, who picked up a triple in Game 1 on Tuesday, delivered a two-run double in the fourth inning to break the tie created by a two-run single from Wilson earlier in the frame and complete the Bayou Boys' comeback.
Relivers Taylor Veillon, Kendall Mayer, and ultimately Wilson, combined to post zeros and limit the Swampers to two hits over the final 3 2/3 innings.
The Swampers struck first, plating two runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the first inning as Bayou Boys starter Ben Frith struggled with his command early and issued back-to-back, one-out walks. On a double steal attempt, catcher Nick Thurman's throw to third was high allowing Ryan Leonards to score. Chase Compton's subsequent sacrifice fly plated Dex Kjerstad who reached third on Thurman's errant throw.
Austin Robichaux kept the Swampers in the lead by stranding a runner in the first and second inning and retiring the side in order in the third inning.
Frith settled in after the first inning to keep the Bayou Boys deficit at two runs. He retired the side in order in the second inning and induced a double play ball to keep an error in the third inning from costing his team a run.
The Swampers lone error of the contest wound up proving costly for Robichaux and his teammates. It came with one out in the top of the fourth inning after a Blake Trahan single.
The error kept Trahan aboard and allowed Tyler Girouard to reach the base path. Following an executed double steal attempt, Wilson shoved a hard-hit grounder through the left side of the infield scoring Trahan and Girouard to create a new ball game.
Robichaux would induce a grounder from Thurman, but the inning was still alive due to the error earlier in the inning.
Chris Griffitt replaced Robichaux after he reached his pitch count. Griffitt hit Logan Preston on a full count and Brenn Conrad took advantage of yet more extended time the Bayou Boys were given. Conrad's double - which nearly was a home run - cleared the bases and put the Bayou Boys in the lead for the first time.
The Swampers threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases off of Frith with back-to-back singles from Compton and Michael Strentz and a throwing error by Girouard on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Sam Carriere.
Frith's final out was a grounder to Preston who rifled a strike to Thurman at home for the force out of Compton.
Veillon, making his first appearance of the Fall World Series, escaped a bases loaded jam by inducing a pop out to Jace Conrad in shallow center field and striking out Alex Stringer.
Pitching took over after the fourth inning. Mayer tossed a scoreless sixth inning to keep the Bayou Boys' lead intact and Matt Plitt pitched a scoreless seventh to keep the Swampers deficit at two runs.
Wilson's consecutive strikeouts to end the contest were two of the seven that Bayou Boys pitching collected.
The two-RBI performances by Brenn Conrad and Wilson marked their first RBI of the series.
Leonards and Strentz posted a game-high two hits in leading a seven-hit attack by the Swampers. Following a 2-for-2 showing in the opener, Carriere went 1-for-2 in Game 2.
BASES NOTED: The 3 2/3 innings scoreless relief effort tossed by Taylor Veillon, Kendall Mayer and Ryan Wilson upped the Bayou Boys bullpen's scoreless innings in the series to 6 2/3 innings...Five different players - Brenn Conrad, Jace Conrad, Tyler Girouard, Blake Trahan and Ryan Wilson - have all collected two hits apiece combining for 10 of the Bayou Boys' 13 hits in the series...Bayou Boys pitching has allowed only two earned runs in 14 innings...LSU-Eunice transfer Sam Carriere is hitting .750 (3-for-4)...Of the four extra base hits the Bayou Boys have in the series, Brenn Conrad has posted two (double, triple)...Tyler Girouard picked up three stolen bases in Wednesday afternoon's contest, helping up the Bayou Boys' stolen base total in the series to seven...The two teams, defensively, have combined for 33 assists.
Bayou Boys 4, Swampers 2 (Oct 31, 2012 at Lafayette, La.)
Bayou Boys.......... 000 400 0 - 4 4 4 (2-0)
Swampers............ 200 000 0 - 2 7 1 (0-2)
Pitchers: Bayou Boys - Frith, Ben; Veillon, Taylor (4); Mayer, Kendall (5); Wilson, Ryan (6). Swampers - Robichaux, Austin; Griffitt, Chris (4); Plitt, Matt (7)
Win-Frith, Ben (1-0) Save-Wilson, Ryan (1) Loss-Robichaux, Austin (0-1) T-1:58 A-254
Weather: 80, Sunny, WSW @ 13 MPH
Griffitt,C faced 1 batter in the 7th.