May 19, 2013 10:00 AM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team is heading back to the NJCAA World Series next week following their 5-0 victory over Pearl River Community College in the Region 23 Tournament Championship game Saturday night.
The Bengals (48-8) plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning, giving starting pitcher Zac Person more than enough insurance to work with on the mound.
Person finished the night with his ninth win of the season, tossing 8 2/3 innings while allowing just four hits and six walks while striking out four Pearl River (41-14) batters.
Landon Thibodeaux lead the way offensively, tallying a 3-for-3 night at the plate with two doubles, and driving home an RBI, while Stefan Trosclair and Garrett Deschamp each notched two hits and an RBI in the win.
Buddy McCoy (1-4) and Casey Rodrigue (0-4) both drove home an RBI as well.
"Our guys played with great poise and confidence tonight. They pitched, hit and made plays in the clutch," head coach Jeff Willis said.
Thibodeaux put the Bengals on the board with his two-run double into left-center field in the bottom of the first before Deschamp followed with an RBI single of his own to give LSU Eunice the lead they would never give back.
The Bengals added a single run in the fourth when Evan Powell (1-3) reached on a walk before advancing around the bases and scoring, and also added a final run bottom of the eighth when Powell opened the inning with a single and later scored on Rodrigue's RBI groundout.
Pearl River may have had their best chance in the top of the ninth, as Person walked the bases loaded while recording the first two outs before reliever Ryan Domingue came on to end the threat and send the Bengals back to the World Series.