Feb 17, 2013 8:44 PM by LSUE Sports Information
A day after pounding out 26 runs and 21 hits, the LSU Eunice baseball team saw itself in a pitcher's duel Sunday afternoon, grabbing a 5-1 win in their series finale against Murray State.
The two teams' tallied just 11 hits between them and all of scoring came early, as the Bengals (9-0) scored two runs in the first inning and single runs in the second, third and fifth innings, while Murray State (3-5) scored their lone run in the top of the first.
"The conditions today were a lot different than they were yesterday. Yesterday we have a 20 MPH wind blowing out of here and we have a lot of balls that jumped out of here and it was a great offensive performance," head coach Jeff Willis said.
"Today, the wind turns around on us and it was tough to hit today. I was impressed that our pitching staff went out and threw a lot of strikes," he added.
LSU Eunice starter Zac Person was dominant, tossing seven strong innings and allowing just five hits and the one run while walking one and striking out ten batters for his third win this season.
Jevin Huval, Ben LeBlanc and Ryan Domingue combined to wrap up the final two innings for the Bengals, allowing just one base runner.
Murray State's Hunter Raley took the loss after allowing four hits and all four Bengal runs in the first 3 2/3 innings, while reliever Eddie Broll racked up seven strikeouts over the final 4 1/3 innings for the visitors.
After Murray State used small ball to push across their run in the first, the Bengals responded with two runs of their own when Casey Rodrigue (1-3) singled, stole second and third base and scored on an RBI single by Landon Thibodeaux (2-4) for the first run before Thibodeaux would come in and score three batters later thanks to a Murray State botched ground ball.
The second inning saw the Bengals again get the leadoff man on, as Derek Herrington (0-2, 2 BB) led off with a walk before advancing around the bases and being brought home on Tyler Chapman's (0-3, RBI) sacrifice fly.
Buddy McCoy (2-4, 3 RBI) connected for a bullet solo home run to left field in the third, and then his RBI double brought home Thibodeaux in the fifth to wrap up the scoring.
The Bengals now hit the road for the first time this season, a doubleheader against Pearl River Community College on Tuesday in what is also their first mid-week action of 2013.
"It'll be the first time we go on the road. We are going to face a quality Pearl River team and we are looking forward to the challenge. We know that they are going to show up and compete," Willis said.
Tuesday's doubleheader can be seen and heard via Bengal All-Access.