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Oct 30, 2012 10:30 PM by UL Sports Information

Conrad Brothers Give Bayou Boys Spark to Break Scoreless Tie in Fall Series Opener

With a 6-0 triumph in the opening game of the 2012 UL Baseball Fall World Series at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field, the Bayou Boys extended their lead in the race for this year's series prize, The Omaha Cup.

The Conrad brothers - Brenn and Jace - helped trigger a two-spot for the Bayou Boys to break a scoreless tie in the third inning and the pitching combination of Nick Zaunbrecher, Kody Smith and Kendall Mayer limited the Swampers to just two hits - both by the same player - over seven innings.

Each game of this year's three-game version of the Fall World Series has been assigned a point value adding to each team's score in the Omaha Cup race. The victory added 75 points to the Bayou Boys' point total, increasing their lead to 1,400-1,150 heading into Game 2 on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at "The Tigue".

Live coverage of Game 2 is available at RaginCajuns.com via live stats.

Zaunbrecher and Swampers starting pitcher Seth Harrison swapped scoreless frames through the first two innings.

A Brenn Conrad triple into the right center field gap placed the first runner into scoring position for either team. Two batters later, Caleb Adams plated the lone run that the Bayou Boys would end up needing when he sent a chopper to shortstop that allowed Conrad to score.

Jace Conrad followed with a double into left center that led to Adams scoring when the ball was misplayed Dex Kjerstad.

Zaunbrecher protected the lead he was handed, finishing his stint on the mound with two more scoreless innings, retiring the Swampers in order both frames.

Jace Conrad delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the Bayou Boys lead to three runs, then Kody Smith, in his second inning of relief, registered three straight strikeouts after an Almann Snowden four-pitch walk gave the Swampers the lead man on for the first time in the contest.

An RBI double by Tyler Girouard, RBI ground out from Nick Thurman and Logan Preston sacrifice fly added three more runs to the final tally.

Mayer stranded Kjerstad at third base in the seventh inning by striking out Michael Strentz to preserve the shuout.

The Conrad brothers and Girouard led the offensive charge for the Bayou Boys. The trio combined went 5-for-9 with two RBI and two runs scored. Jace Conrad and Girouard each had a team-best two hits.

LSU-Eunice transfer Sam Carriere posted both of the Swampers two hits in the contest.

Zaunbrecher worked four innings, getting in 59 pitches in his victorious effort. Harrison, who surrendered two runs (one earned) and four hits over four innings and 62 pitches, was charged with the loss.

Smith had the standout relief effort, registered four strikeouts over two innings.

The Swampers head into the second game of the series needing a victory to stay in the race for the Omaha Cup. Game 2 is worth 100 points and Game 3 is valued at 150 points which would allow the Swampers to make up their 250 point deficit and forge a tie.

LINE SCORE

Bayou Boys 6, Swampers 0 (Oct 30, 2012 at Lafayette, La.)

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Swampers............ 000 000 0 - 0 2 2 (0-1)

Bayou Boys.......... 002 013 X - 6 9 0 (1-0)

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Pitchers: Swampers - Harrison, Seth; Plitt, Matt (5); LaPorte, Mark (6). Bayou Boys - Zaunbrecher, Nick; Smith, Kody (5); Mayer, Kendall (7)

Win-Zaunbrecher, Nick(1-0) Loss-Harrison, Seth(0-1) T-1:42 A-179

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