May 4, 2013 3:13 PM by LSUE Sports Information
The LSU Eunice baseball team won a marathon game on Friday night in their series opener against visiting Panola College, coming away with a 18-12 victory.
In addition to the 30 total runs, both teams combined for 35 hits, as the opening 4 ½ innings took 59 minutes to play before the final four innings took 2 hours and 27 minutes.
"It was one of those nights, kind of like a firefight. Bullets were being fired on both sides, and whichever team continues to stand up and put runs on the board comes out on top," head coach Jeff Willis said.
The first hour saw Panola (27-22) holding a 3-0 lead after single runs in the top of the third, fourth and fifth innings.
The Bengals (43-8) got their scoring started in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs to take a lead that they would never give up. LSU Eunice added seven runs in the sixth to push the lead to 11-3 heading to the seventh inning.
Panola answered with six runs of their own in the top of the seventh to cut the deficit to two, but the Bengals' five runs in the bottom of the inning put the game out of reach.
The visitors added one run in the eighth and two in the ninth, while LSU Eunice plated two final runs in the bottom of the eighth, for the final score.
Adam Angelle finished 5-for-6 at the plate for the Bengals, a home run shy of the cycle, notching three singles, a double and a triple and driving home six RBIs. His final four at-bats of the night all brought home runs, including two runs each on his double in the sixth and triple in the seventh.
Buddy McCoy and Garrett Deschamp each added three hits of their own, with Deschamp connecting on an RBI double in the sixth and McCoy adding an RBI single and a double in the same inning when he hit twice in the seventh.
Stefan Trosclair (1-5) drove home two RBIs with his single in the seventh, while Casey Rodrigue (2-4, 2 BB), Landon Thibodeaux (1-5), Evan Powell (0-3, 2 BB) and Derek Herrington (2-5) all collected one RBI each.
Bengal starter Brady Domangue picked up his NJCAA-leading 12th win of the season, tossing six innings and allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out 10 batters. Four LSU Eunice relievers combined for the final three innings of work, allowing nine hits and nine runs while walking two and adding one strikeout.
The two teams continue their three-game set tomorrow night with a 7 p.m. scheduled first pitch.
"I think tomorrow could be a very different ball game. A lot of times when you see a game like (tonight) the next day it's a totally different attitude, mindset and ball game," Willis said.
Tomorrow night's game is available on Bengal All-Access.
--Coach Willis' full postgame comments: http://youtu.be/vDrrC1mWsd8