May 28, 2013 4:04 PM by LSUE Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team saw a pair of early home runs give starting pitcher Chad Reeves more than enough support as the Bengals defeated Scottsdale Community College 8-1 on Monday night to further advance into the winner's bracket in the NJCAA Division II World Series.
After seeing Scottsdale (39-20) score in the opening inning, Stefan Trosclair tied the game up in the bottom of the third inning with his solo home run down the left field line before Landon Thibodeaux put the Bengals (50-8) up for good with his three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning in nearly the same location as Trosclair's down the line in left.
"We had some big hits tonight. Trosclair's home run got us going and then Thibodeaux's big three-run shot as well. It took some pressure off our pitching staff and pressure off offensively," head coach Jeff Willis said.
"Chaf Reeves was the story of the night. He battled and made big pitches when he had to," Willis added.
LSU Eunice added two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings for the final margins.
Reeves tossed seven complete innings on the way to his 10th win of the season, allowing just three hits and the one, unearned run with five walks and five strikeouts in the victory.
Ben LeBlanc and Merrick Ardoin combined for three strikeouts as each pitched an inning to wrap up the game.
Offensively, the Bengals saw four batters tally two-hit nights, with Casey Rodrigue and Adam Angelle joining Trosclair (2 RBIs) and Thibodeaux (3 RBIs).
Garrett Deschamp added a hit, while Derek Herrington collected a hit and an RBI. Evan Powell (0-1, 2 BB) also brought home an RBI.
The Bengals left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first and two runners on to end the second inning before Trosclair's solo homer opened the third inning and tied the game.
Angelle began the fifth inning with a single before Trosclair reached on an error to set up Thibodeaux's three-run shot on the first pitch he saw in the at-bat to give the Bengals the lead.
Rodrigue tripled and scored on a throwing error in the sixth, while Trosclair delivered his second RBI of the night batters later when he singled home Angelle to push the lead higher before LSU Eunice used a safety squeeze by Powell and an RBI double by Herrington to plate the final runs.
The Bengals now have Tuesday off before returning to action on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday night's elimination game between North Iowa Area Community College and Heartland Community College.
Wednesday's game can be seen on NJCAA TV and heard on KVPI 92.5 FM.